PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL will not be adding teams to the playoffs this season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says Monday that the league’s competition committee has looked into adding teams to the playoffs, and the topic will be discussed at this week’s owners meetings. But “it clearly won’t happen this year,” Goodell says.
Twelve of the 32 teams make the playoffs, including all eight division winners. Adding more qualifiers could mean eliminating byes in the opening round if the NFL went to as many as 16 playoff teams. It could add two teams and keep a system of byes.
Goodell says the league must determine if expanded playoffs “make sense.” The NFL has had 12 playoff teams since 1990.