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Will the NFL have 17 video games subsequent season? Media deal paves means for expanded schedule in 2021

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Are you prepared for some (extra) soccer?

On Thursday, the NFL introduced a brand new, media mega-deal that pays them $10 billion yearly, beginning in 2023 and working by means of 2033. Nothing might have an effect on followers greater than a 17-game season, although, which has been bandied about for a while, and is greater than possible coming in 2021.

A lot of the deal is identical, although there are some key modifications to the league’s norms this upcoming season. Video games may be flexed into “Monday Evening Soccer” beginning Week 12 and Amazon Prime Video will now be the unique house to “Thursday Evening Soccer,” to call just a few.

In accordance with a number of reviews, the 17-game season will be a factor coming in 2021, and the media deal — whereas not going lively for an additional two years — was the leaping off level. 

MORE: Explaining the NFL’s new media rights deals

Will the NFL have 17 video games in 2021?

Whereas no phrase is official but, a number of reviews counsel that the NFL’s new media deal is the impetus for a 17-game season in 2021 and past. The league wanted to renegotiate its offers for “Monday Evening Soccer” which expired after the 2021 season earlier than having the ability to resolve on a brand new 

Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio reviews that the media deal will push the league to 17 video games, with the vote coming in the course of the league conferences later within the month. The homeowners are anticipated to vote for a 17-game season, with the preseason shrinking to simply three video games.

It does not come as a serious shock: Below the brand new CBA, the league and homeowners have the discretion to develop the season to 17 video games, so long as the preseason is lower by a recreation. The league will nonetheless have a 20-game full season with a bye week, and the Tremendous Bowl can be pushed again per week in February.

The league, which reported a $4 billion loss because of the coronavirus pandemic, is trying to recoup cash this upcoming 12 months, with the 17-game season a boon to “righting” the ship.

The league has operated with a 16-game schedule since 1978. The league expanded playoffs in 2020, including an additional wild-card crew to every convention, for a complete of 14 groups. 

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