Roger Goodell's truly a mastermind when it comes to controlling the public conversation around his league and sculpting the media's headlines. Barely 24 hours after some scribes in the NFL working press started to question the motivation behind the since-overturned Bountygate suspensions he delivered in the spring, the commissioner floated the prospect of a 14- or 16-team NFL playoff at the league's owners meetings in Dallas. By Wednesday, the suspensions overturned by Paul Tagliabue vanished from the headlines.
Now, we're talking about playoffs. Playoffs.
Thank you Jim, Mora.
The initial reaction to the news on Wednesday was resistance. Why mess with something that's not broken? Why screw up a perfectly good playoff scenario? Why not just invite the whole league into one 32-team January tournament?
Umm, because there's money to be made. More of it. And if the NFL can make more money without sacrificing the overall product of the game, it's going to make it.
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