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Is 4 preseason games too many?

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers President Mark Murphy said the NFL is looking at the current structure of the preseason.  “It is an issue in the league,” said Murphy.  Many believe that four preseason games is too many, and Murphy doesn’t argue with that notion. “It’s clear our starters don’t need four games to get ready for the regular season,” said Murphy. “But you still have to have a way to evaluate and develop younger players. I think an issue quite honestly is the fact our fans pay full price for preseason games.” For a while the NFL was pushing to increase the regular season from 16 to 18 games and reduce the preseason to two games. Although nothing has been ruled out, Murphy isn’t sure that plan is feasible. “I just think with all of the focus on player safety now, it would be difficult to move from 16 to 18 regular-season games,” said Murphy. Eliminating two games from the schedule would reduce league revenue, which might not sit well with some NFL owners or players. “Those are issues we’re looking at,” said Murphy. “You look back over time, preseason games used to be a lot different than they are now. Starters played more. The game has evolved.”

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