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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Richard Sherman says comments about 18-game NFL were overblown

Richard Sherman

The NFL would probably be open to the idea of extending the regular season from 16 games to 18 games, but players would need a lot of convincing and a lot more money in their next collective bargaining agreement to even consider it. Richard Sherman thinks it is unlikely to happen, and he was slightly annoyed on Monday that people were made to believe otherwise.

In an interview with Peter King for this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, Sherman said he doesn’t see an 18-game season happening unless “something astronomical is conceded.” That led to a headline from Pro Football Talk that claimed Sherman was suggesting an 18-game season is a possibility, and Chris Long was critical of the headline for being misleading.

Sherman agreed and accused PFT of sensationalizing to get more clicks.

That headline did seem a bit unfair. If Sherman is saying it would take something “astronomical” for an 18-game season to go into effect, he’s basically saying it is almost certainly not going to happen.

Team owners would obviously love an 18-game schedule, and some of them have sounded desperate in providing reasons for why they believe it would be beneficial. It still seems highly unlikely to happen, and that’s the point Sherman was getting across.

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