Goodell: Still seeking solution for expanded schedule

If the NFL expands its regular season beyond the current 16-game format, one likely result is a shortening of the league’s current four-game preseason schedule. Those are the thoughts of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who spoke on that and a number of other topics Tuesday during a live chat on NFL.com.

“I’ve heard consistently from NFL fans that they don’t believe the preseason games are up to NFL standards. I agree,” Goodell told fans. “We are discussing changing this with our partners, including the players.”

Goodell also appeared for an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday,¬†noting that the league¬†presented its analysis on expanding the regular season to the players union during the first formal negotiating meetings in early June. Goodell said that any regular-season expansion — adding one or two games — could come at the expense of the preseason schedule.

“We wouldn’t do either change — whether its one more regular-season or two more regular-season games — without a corresponding deduction in the number of preseason games,” he said. “It would be either 17 and three or 18 and two. We really haven’t come back to what we think is the right solution at this point.”

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