November 17th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

Sports: Longer season will cost NFL

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis sheds a tackle by the New York Jets' David Harris on Sunday.

An 18-game regular season is going to cost NFL owners some concessions.

The NFL Players Association delivered its response to the owners' 18-game plan on Tuesday and included some bargaining points that could prolong negotiations all the way until March, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.

Among the players' requests: two bye weeks, increased active rosters, bigger practice squads and a two-thirds reduction in offseason workouts.

The changes undoubtedly would alter the NFL as we know it, but not as significantly as an 18-game regular season. The owners want to shorten the preseason from four games to two and extend the regular season by an additional two contests, leading to more revenue but also a longer season and a mid-February Super Bowl.

With so much at stake, labor negotiations will be heated. But they have yet to really get started despite a potential lockout looming for the 2011 season. Owners will hold their monthly labor meeting in Dallas in December, but no formal negotiations between the players and owners have been scheduled.

With an 18-game season, roster sizes, player health, rookie wages and much more to discuss and deliberate, the two will have plenty to talk about over the holidays.

NFL action resumes Thursday with Bears-Dolphins. Until then, here's the action going on around the sporting world (all times Eastern):

Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat (7 p.m., ESPN)

Looking for a high-scoring game? You found it. The Heat's 'Big Three' host Steve Nash and the Suns, who have won three games in a row.

Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs (9:30 p.m., ESPN)

It's been a tough day for Tony Parker. The Spurs point guard will attempt to regroup and focus on Derrick Rose's Bulls.

BY THE NUMBERS

80 - Straight games the No. 1 UConn women's basketball team has won after Tuesday night's 65-64 victory over No. 2 Baylor. The Huskies are just eight wins short of tying the record streak the UCLA's men's team put together in the 1970s. SI.com's Richard Deitsch chronicles last night's thriller.

5 - Players in history who have won the Cy Young award in both the American and National leagues. Phillies ace Roy Halladay became the fifth after unanimously being voted the NL winner earlier this week.

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  1. Wild Hurricane

    It seems that an 18 game schedule is totally unrealistic. They should eliminate two preseason games- thats it. No 18 game schedule- nothing. But they will do it anyway. Just dont pay the players any more money.

    November 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lovethegame

    More football sounds great to me! wooooohooooo!

    November 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    What can be wrong with more football???
    Two preseason games,and two weeks off,it can be done

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    What the hell go to a 20 game season,
    Just start guaranteeing the money and use the preseason as a points basis for the playoffs,as a tie breaker!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rumrunner

    l8 game nfl season, college football playoff, who needs 'em ? somebody rich just wants to get richer.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Cut to the chase and have a 52 wk. season. End of story.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. God

    I might be willing to tack a couple extra weeks onto a year for this. But you'll have to get rid of the Lions.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. chewnut

    NFL LOCKOUT 12.27.2010.
    Here is your "HAIL MARY":
    1. Circular Economics.
    2. NFL like any HUGE economic engine accelerates the movement of money...it's not as simple as allocating a "non NFL" world to what? The intangibles are MASSIVE,GARGANTIUAN,HUMONGOUS AND BOHEMEITH.
    3. The players and owners have more assets and cash flow already.. A NONPROFIT is needed.. no need to add to the pile other than increasing gift,income,estate taxes.
    4. The money differences should go to the new NFL FUND...
    The College of Taxable Knowledge

    December 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |