The N.F.L. officially agreed so as to add a 17th steady season sport on Tuesday, the primary enlargement of the league’s agenda since 1978.
To make room for the additional sport, the league’s house owners got rid of one preseason sport, leaving 3 for every staff. The approaching steady season will start on Thursday, Sept. nine and finish one week later than standard, on Sunday, Jan. nine, 2022. Tremendous Bowl LVI, which might be performed within the Los Angeles space, may even transfer again one week, to Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.
Groups will proceed to have just one bye week throughout the season.
Crew house owners licensed the growth at an annual assembly held nearly, however the brand new calendar construction have been all however assured to transport ahead after the league introduced on March 18 that it had reached a sequence of long-term distribution offers with CBS, Fox and different media corporations. The present hard work settlement, reached in March 2020, gave staff house owners the choice so as to add an additional steady season sport if the league signed no less than one new media deal.
With the addition of a 17th steady season sport on best of the 2 further playoff video games the league added closing season, the N.F.L. negotiated considerably upper charges for its media rights. The brand new offers, which general greater than $100 billion, just about double the quantity of the expiring contracts.
“One of the most advantages of every staff taking part in 17 regular-season video games is the power for us to keep growing our sport around the globe,” N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in a commentary.
On Tuesday, the house owners additionally stated all 32 groups could be required to play out of the country once or more each and every 8 years. Some groups were reluctant to play across the world as a result of staff house owners didn’t wish to surrender the income from a house sport and as a result of the tension of extra trip. The league will now agenda as much as 4 neutral-site video games every yr out of doors the USA. In recent times, groups have performed video games yearly in London and in Mexico Town. The league stated it might also go back to taking part in video games in Canada, in addition to in South The usa and in other places in Europe.
The 17-game steady season will give part of the N.F.L.’s groups an additional house sport every season. For simplicity’s sake, the 17th sport might be hosted via all groups from one convention on a rotating foundation. In 2021, each and every A.F.C. staff will host 9 steady season video games, whilst N.F.C. groups will host 8. In 2022, N.F.C. groups gets the 9th house sport.
As standard, groups will play house and away in opposition to their 3 divisional competitors for a complete of six video games. Interdivisional video games inside the similar convention will proceed on a rotating, three-year cycle, interconference video games, on a four-year cycle. Last video games might be decided in response to the prior yr’s standings.
The newly added 17th sport might be between interconference groups in response to the prior yr’s standings. A primary-place staff from one department will face a first-place staff from a department within the opposing convention, which it had no longer been scheduled to play in response to the standard scheduling rotations.
That may lead to a couple intriguing interconference video games in 2021. The Inexperienced Bay Packers, as an example, winners of the NF.C. North closing season, will trip to Kansas Town to play the Chiefs, who received the A.F.C. West. The Seattle Seahawks, winners of the N.F.C. West, will play the Steelers in Pittsburgh, whilst the Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Colts in Indianapolis.
The N.F.L. will announce the dates and instances of most of these video games within the coming weeks.