IRVING, Tex.—The NFL will decide in March whether to expand its playoff field by two teams beginning in the 2015 season, Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Goodell said the proposal was mentioned briefly but was not discussed at length during a one-day owners’ meeting here Wednesday.
“It only came up in the sense that at one point I mentioned that this is something that we would address in March,” Goodell said. “I think it may have come up in the context of the competition committee report, that they would be studying it further. That’s something that we will likely address in March but not before.”
The annual league meeting is in March. The proposal to expand the playoffs would have to be approved by at least 24 of the 32 owners to be implemented. Goodell previously has said he expects the measure to be enacted.
Under the proposal, seven teams in each conference would qualify for the postseason instead of the current six. Only one team in each conference would receive a first-round playoff bye rather than the current two. There would be a total of six opening-round postseason games league-wide instead of the current four, and one of them likely would be played on a Monday night.
The measure would be aimed at generating additional revenues for the NFL, primarily through the league’s network television deals.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday he supports the proposal.
“I just would think the Cowboys have got a better chance to get in if we can get a couple more teams in it,” Jones said, then added: “But seriously, I think for our fans, for everyone concerned, some additional playoff games are positive.”