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Jerry Jones Still In Favor Of Expanding Regular Season To 18 Games

Jones believes a longer regular season and shorter preseason is the way of the future for the NFL

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    The idea that the NFL could expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games is more than two years old, but a good many of folks around the league still believe the expanded regular season is the way to go for the National Football League; right at the forefront of this group is Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.

    I like that,” Jones said on 105.3 FM The Fan’s “Elf and Slater Show,” via the Dallas Morning News. “We really talked about it a lot in the negotiations with the players. The league had the right to do that with the consent of the players. Over the last television contracts, we all agreed that we would all agree to expand it if we did go to 18 and two preseason [games]. I’m for that.”

    Of course, this last detail--that the expanded regular season would almost certainly require the four-game preseason schedule to be cut in half--will have some critics; not in the league’s fan-base, who (we know from experience) aren’t great lovers of preseason action, but from the league’s coaches, who are charged with preparing their respective teams for what is already a marathon of a season. Jones knows this.

    “Coaches have a tough time with that because they want that time in game-type conditions to put in their offense and put their team together,” Jones said. “So, that’s an issue there.”

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