We continue to hear from players around the league on the proposed expanded 18-game regular-season schedule, and their responses are falling in line. That’s to be expected.
Center Shaun O’Hara, the New York Giants’ union representative, was asked his thoughts on the reality of the schedule from the player’s perspective if the percentage of revenue between owners and the players remains relatively unchanged. O’Hara got straight to the heart of the matter, saying the owners will need to give back something in return for adding two regular-season games.
“I think it’s no secret that the owners are pushing for that 18-game season,” O’Hara told Rich Eisen. “They want it, they think it will increase revenue. From the player’s standpoint, we’re concerned about the added workload. Now we’re adding two games to an already-long 16-game season. What type of effect does that have on our bodies, and what is the injury rate per game for the NFL player? Those are the things we’re taking into consideration.
“I think in order for us to get to an 18-game season, they’re going to have to propose something they’re willing to get us.”
While the pieces that constitute that “something” from owners remain to be seen, Jason La Canfora recently took a look at the role of the “enhanced season” as part of the overall collective bargaining process. It’s a piece worth checking out.