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It’s Time To Make NFL Football A Winter Sport

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Today’s football headlines:

Two Georgia high school football players die

Eagles’ DT Mike Patterson suffers seizure in practice

As of right now, we cannot say for certain that any of these incidents were directly related to the extremely hot weather the U.S. is currently experiencing. But it’s probably a safe bet that at least one of them was.

This got me to thinking. Why do we have the football schedule we have? Take the National Football League: Training camp begins in July, the preseason begins in August, and the regular season begins in September. But why?

Hockey and basketball are both fall-to-spring games, but that’s sort of moot since those sports are played indoors. Baseball is usually played outdoors, and much of the season is played during the summer months. But spring training is in, well, the spring, not in the heat of summer. And baseball is not as physically demanding as football, nor do the players wear heavy pads.

So what are the arguments against pushing the football season back two months? You’d have training camp in September, the preseason in October, and the regular season in November. You’d still get the Thanksgiving Day games, but the playoffs would now be in March and the Super Bowl in April. But…so what? So we all call in “sick” for work on a Monday in April instead of a Monday in February? 

Look, I’m sure there are a thousand reasons not to change football into a fall-to-spring sport. But I honestly can’t think of a particularly good one right now. (Be sure to help me out here in the comments!)

But I can think of a couple good reasons in favor of changing the NFL schedule. First, more games like this. And second, Korey Stringer

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  • What a great idea. ik hope it will happen sometimes.

  • bobC

    The idea actually has merit, but we all know television rules the NFL. If any changes to scheduling games doesn’t benefit the network’s bottom lines, it just ain’t gonna happen.

  • Thanks for your comments, CD. This idea honestly just occurred to me, and I haven’t thought it completely through. But I don’t really see a downside to starting the NFL season a month or two later than it starts at present.

  • Charlie Doherty

    I like the idea in general, and even pushing the preseason and regular season back a month instead of two months could make a big difference in maintaining player health and get players further away from the hot weather. Starting it all in July is just way too early. Also, that would mean pushing the draft back to May or June. I have no problem with that either.