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NFL Owners Make Decision on 2014 Playoff Expansion

National Football League owners spent time Tuesday in Atlanta discussing playoff expansion from 12 to 14 teams.

The Lombardi Trophy, which goes to the NFL's champion every year. Credit: NFL Facebook
The Lombardi Trophy, which goes to the NFL's champion every year. Credit: NFL Facebook
At the National Football League owners spring meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday, the idea of expanding the league’s playoff season in 2014 was tabled.

As ESPN.com reported from the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, the owners considered expanding the current playoff format from 12 to 14 teams, but ultimately didn’t take a vote on it.

The topic will next be discussed at the fall meetings in Detroit, as for playoff expansion to happen, 24 of the 32 owners must vote in favor of it.

As ESPN reported, several owners in Atlanta wanted to see how other agenda items developed including “revenues, format and even workers' compensation concerns recently brought up by the NFLPA in reaction to legislation in Louisiana.”

The league last expanded the playoffs in 1990 when a sixth qualifier from each conference was added.

Of the four major North American sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, only MLB has a lower percentage of its teams qualifying for the playoffs than the NFL.

In MLB, 10 of 30 teams (33.3 percent) qualify for the playoffs. For the NFL, it’s 12 of 32 (37.5 percent), and then the NHL and NBA, both with 16 of 30 teams (53.3 percent) making the postseason.


Octo Slash May 21, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Of course this will happen because hey...more playoff teams brings more dollars to the league. But it also cheapens the product, which I guess means exactly zilch these days. Gonna be a real blast watching the first round of the 'playoffs', in which the 7-9 Buccaneers face off against the juggernaut that is the 6-10 Lions. ZZZzzzz.......

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