The NFL would increase the number of play-off spots by two and extend the regular season with groundbreaking new reforms
- The new reforms would raise the play-off teams from 12 to 14 for 2020
- That would mean six wildcard games, with only two franchises receiving a bye
- In a proposal for 2021, the number of regular season games would increase to 17
- Pre-season would therefore be shortened with four to three games to compensate
The NFL plans to make a groundbreaking change in their format next season, with the addition of two teams to the playoffs from 12 to 14.
The move would mean that only the best seed of each conference – AFC and NFC – would receive a post-season first round bye and then there would be six games during the wild card weekend instead of four.
As part of the new proposals, the regular season would also be expanded to include one game up to 17 games, shortening the preseason from four to three games.
The new NFL reforms would increase the number of play-off teams from 12 to 14
The Kansas City Chiefs would not have had a first round of reforms this season
Last season, the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers would have benefited from the two extra spots in the playoffs, while the final NFL champions would have played Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in a wildcard weekend instead of a week off .
The report from ESPN details that the current CAO proposal for an increase in play-off teams is supported by NFL owners and comes into effect for the 2020 season, while the extension of the regular season would be implemented one year later for the 2021 campaign.
Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams would have benefited from the extra play-off spot
A source close to the CBA said about the new playoff structure: “That has long been agreed. There was not much difference of opinion about that problem.
“The new CBAs are not yet done, there is no term sheet, issues are still being negotiated, but I would be very surprised if there is no new CBA for the new competition year.”