The NFL formally authorised a 17-game common season, including an extra sport to every crew’s schedule for the upcoming season.
The additional sport was agreed upon by the NFL Gamers Affiliation within the 2020 collective bargaining settlement, giving the house owners the facility to vary the schedule as quickly because the 2021 season. No further bye week has been added for groups, although the preseason schedule has been diminished from 4 video games to 3.
With the extra video games, the common season is now scheduled to finish on Jan. 9, 2022, with the playoffs being pushed again an additional week.
To make the odd variety of video games work, AFC and NFC groups will alternate having an odd and even variety of dwelling video games, with the AFC groups internet hosting 9 video games in 2021. The additional sport will likely be a inter-conference sport based mostly on the earlier yr’s divisional standings, in addition to the division schedule rotation from two seasons prior.
“This can be a monumental second in NFL historical past,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in an announcement. “The CBA with the gamers and the just lately accomplished media agreements present the muse for us to boost the standard of the NFL expertise for our followers.”