Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson agree: the NFL should expand the playoffs. And why wouldn't they? After all, they are the two teams who, in recent years, would have stood the most to gain due to expanded playoffs. They have routinely missed the NFL's second season by an eyelash and adding an additional team to each conference would, in theory, bump their chances of success.
“I’ve always been against it,” Mara said. “I just like the way it is right now. I think we are diluting it too much.”
The largest issue for Mara — other than diluting the product and breaking tradition — is that the proposal calls for a No. 1 seed to receive a first-round bye, while the additional wildcard game takes place on Monday night, which also shortens the rest for the winning team.
"[A game] on a Monday night in January is not all that appealing," Mara added.
At least for 2014, the NFL Playoff format will remain in place as it has. However, when the NFL owners gather in Detroit in early October for their Fall meetings, it is expected to receive enough support that the expansion could occur as early as 2015. It also has the backing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, so Mara may soon be standing alone in his protest.
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