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Owners approve 17-game regular season for NFL

The National Football League said on Tuesday its owners had approved a plan to expand the regular season to 17 games from 16, while all its teams will play at least one international game over an eight-year period.

From this year, the NFL preseason will be cut to three games from four before an expanded regular season kicks off on September 9. The decision, which was approved during a virtual league meeting, marks the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games. “This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) with the players and the recent media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans.” The NFL also said that from 2022 all 32 clubs will play globally at least once every 8 years and that the scheduling of up to four games per year outside the US will focus initially on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom.


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