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Old 02-11-2020, 07:52 AM
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The NFL was looking at declining ratings for several years, but I believe that their ratings rebounded in both 2018 and 2019.

In that league's case, it's a matter of:
1) Another game (or two; they've proposed going to 18 over the past few years, as well) means more money for the league -- mostly, additional TV revenue.
2) Preseason games don't make as much money as regular season games (since most of them aren't carried by the national TV networks), so part of the proposals have included considering preseason games to regular season games.

The players' union has, up until now, been strongly opposed to expanding the schedule, mostly due to injury concerns.