Just last night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered and interview about the future of this year’s playoffs. He believes there’s no guarantee of another cold-weather Super Bowl and also added the possibility of future playoffs with more wild-card teams and a schedule that could include games on Friday and Monday in addition to what YouWager bettors are used to on Saturday and Sunday.
Though New Jersey is hosting a Super Bowl in February, Goodell said other cold-weather sites like Philadelphia and Buffalo shouldn’t get too excited.
“I think this is obviously innovative and it’s something new, but it’s also unique because it’s New York,” Goodell said in an interview with former Associated Press White House correspondent Ben Feller at the 92nd St. Y. “This is a stage, we have two teams here. Every city can’t host a Super Bowl just because of the sheer enormity of this event. And it’s not just a football game. We have a week full of events, we probably have well over 150,000 coming in to the New York region for this event.”
“Will we look at other Super Bowls in cold-weather sites? I think we’ll wait and make that evaluation later.”
Goodell also said NFL owners were considering adding two additional wild-card teams to the playoff mix, but he didn’t offer a timeline.
“That is under serious consideration,” he said. “One of the great things about the NFL other than it’s unscripted is that every team starts the season with hope.”
According to Goodell, on the final week of the regular season, 13 out of 16 division games had playoff implications. He considers that the NFL needs to keep that competitiveness, and could try to hone it with additional playoff teams.
“Can you make it better, can you make those [division] races even more competitive?” Goodell said. “That’s compelling.”
“It’s something that the competition committee looked at last year and thinks there are some real benefits from a competitive standpoint. They’re going to study some aspects of that because when would those games occur and one team would get a bye in each conference and you’d have six games on the weekend. So would you have three on Saturday, and three on Sunday? Or do you get one on Friday and two on Saturday and two on Sunday and one on Monday? I think those are the kinds of things we want to evaluate.”