Roger Goodell’s got a fever. And the only cure is more settling it on the field.
Do we want to see .500 teams (or worse) regularly granted entrance into the NFL playoffs?
Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Wednesday that the league’s competition committee will explore expanding the postseason field, and that could mean a heaping helping of mediocrity on wild-card weekend.
“We’ll look at probably 14 or 16 teams,” he said.
Assuming that means adhering to the familiar conference structure, the New York Jets (6-7) would currently qualify for the Super Bowl tournament if the field was increased from 12 to 16 participants.
If the idea was applied to the 2011 season, three additional 8-8 teams would have made the cut (the 8-8 Denver Broncos won the AFC West last year).
The point isn’t that the NFL is just like college football, so don’t bother to waste my time going there in the comments. The point is that playoffs exist for one purpose. As long as those at the top can generate more revenue with playoff expansion, they’ll keep going back to the well. All the logic in the world against doing so means nothing.
Of course, I guess it’s possible that the people in charge of college football are less greedy and more fan-sensitive than their peers in every other sport organized for profit on the planet. Perhaps they’ve just been really good at hiding that for the past few years. We’ll check back in on that after they’ve gone to an eight-team format.