Draft, Combine and Free Agency could all be spread out over three months in new proposals put forward by the league.Seven months is a long time for NFL fans to wait for the next season to come around.
As soon as the confetti settle on the field when the Superbowl ends, fans must somehow fill the void that left after 20 weeks of NFL action.
All there is on TV are analysts going over the same stories every day in order to fill air time, and without sporadic moments of genuine interest from the combine and draft, there really isn’t anything of interest until training camps start in August.
This is why the league is proposing to spread out these events on a monthly period, giving the league and fans something to look forward to each month.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday, the planned proposals put forward by the league.
Whilst spreading these events out evenly may sound like a good idea, the reasoning behind the current rota is so that teams can get their new players into the system as early as possible. This way they can get them embedded with the playbooks that they will be learning for the next five months.
While there are arguments to both sides sounding reasonable, once more the league has one obvious motive for their decision – money.
Spreading the events out evenly, and ‘coincidentally’ when all major networks need to find shows to fill their airtime, as television series take their mid-season breaks,events like the draft especially will come at a high price.
If the NFL can make as much money as possible, they will do it, and this seems to be the clear motive behind the decisions.
The plans must be approved by all 32 teams, who will probably oppose the ruling as it would completely change their off-season schedules.
It is another nice idea to try and keep the league relevant, when all the fans will go off to watch Baseball, but this may be just one idea too far for Roger Goodell and the league officials.