NFL announces 17-game schedule for upcoming regular season
On Tuesday, NFL owners met and approved to expand the NFL regular season to 17 games while reducing the preseason slate from four games to three contests. The move was also approved by the players and is expected to generate more revenue for the nation’s most lucrative professional sports league.
After the players agreed to the additional game, the league said it could expand as soon as this coming season, which will kick off Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, and will conclude Jan. 9, 2022. This year’s Super Bowl will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2022, while the Pro Bowl will precede the championship game on Feb. 6, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world.”
The NFL has followed a 16-game regular-season format since 1978 and, despite mixed reviews from some players across the league, the change is expected to net hundreds of millions of dollars of additional revenue. For more sports and outdoor coverage, click here.