Few things in sports are more exciting and more watched than the NFL playoffs, and the league knows this.
Which is why it should come as no surprise that the NFL will explore the idea of expanding its playoff format, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said today.
From NFL Network's Albert Breer:
Goodell just said at his presser that the league will look at expanding the playoffs to 14 or 16 teams.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 12, 2012
The NFL's current playoff system allows for 12 of the league's 32 teams to participate. It's a number that most fans feel is perfect, at least according to Breer's twitter feed:
Getting a resounding negative response in my mentions to playoff expansion. I'd agree 12 is right number, makes for a meaningful reg season.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 12, 2012
Playoff expansion is always a hotly contested topic in any sport, and we have likely not heard the last of this debate. But for now, we will just enjoy a 12-team playoff, and TV networks will enjoy the monster ratings.