Giants’ Mara Says NFL Playoff Expansion Unlikely This Season
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two more teams making the NFL playoffs?
It could still happen. But don’t count on anything in 2014, according to New York Giants co-owner John Mara.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen this year,” Mara told Newsday. “I think it’s kind of late. We have a May (20th owners) meeting (in Atlanta), but I sense that we’ll wait a year before we do that. It hasn’t been voted on yet.”
Last month, Commissioner Roger Goodell said expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams wasn’t “out of the question” for the upcoming season. But the league never formally proposed any postseason changes to the players union, instead focusing on workplace culture during their meeting with the NFLPA earlier this month, Newsday reported.
In other words, there are bigger fish to fry.
The current playoff setup has four division winners and two wild-card clubs in each conference. The owners are expected to vote — eventually — on a proposal that would add a wild card to both the AFC and NFC, which would necessitate a modification to the top-two bye format.
“My guess is that it’s going to pass at some point,” Mara told Newsday.
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