The answer around here about that question seems a quick and unequivocal “no.”
It’s beginning to become a consideration, however. Everything has its saturation point.
The NFL has continually stretched the league calendar, and this would be more of that. Goodell said in those same conversations that’s he unsure if the draft will remain this late in the offseason or again be in April.
One unnamed general manager complained about the two-week lull to Pro Football Talk, saying the downtime was not good for the league.
As for the playoffs, Goodell told NFL.com that the league’s research shows no issues with playoff expansion.
“We believe that through all of our analysis we haven’t found anything negative about it,” Goodell said. “We think there are positives to it with respect to competitiveness of our races.”
Major League Baseball made the same argument when it expanded the playoffs: more teams in the race equals more interest, which equals more revenue. But, they were also a product looking for a jolt, not the No. 1 sport in the country.
Two lines of thinking here: if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, which is countered by a reasonable consideration to progressively expand while on top.
Playoff expansion, which will be discussed at the Spring League Meeting in Atlanta on May 20, seems inevitable. Perhaps another day of the draft is, too.
Soon, we’ll know if the NFL train can just keep going or if audiences will become worn out.
> Richard Sherman was named to Time’s list of the 100 most influential people.
> The updated mock draft from Bucky Brooks, who previously worked for the Seahawks as a regional scout, has Seattle taking Morgan Moses, an offensive tackle from Virginia.
> From the San Francisco Chronicle: Aldon Smith won’t be charged with a felony in the LAX case. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said he hopes Smith will be with the 49ers through 2018.
> Weekend notes from MMQB: Jim Harbaugh and Baalke deny a power struggle in San Francisco.
> Is a Vegan trend hitting the NFL? (Not that I can see in the Seahawks’ lockerroom, unless McDonald’s is serving Vegan meals now).