ATLANTA — NFL owners have shown widespread support for going to an 18-game schedule but want to implement the change as part of a new labor agreement.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as the most logical way to enhance revenues in a difficult economic environment. He says it will be one of the main issues in talks on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
The current deal runs out after this season. Players are eager to see how much of the additional revenue they will receive with an expanded schedule, especially since it could increase the risk of injuries or health problems after they retire.
Goodell says the league is targeting 2012 for the 18-game season.
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