DeMaurice Smith Reveals Timeline for NFL's Expansion to 17-Game Season

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Player's Association
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Player's Association / Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Various NFL stars have come out and voiced their indignation with the new collective bargaining agreement's proposed terms, which includes instilling a 17-game regular season.

It goes without saying that most players wouldn't want to see a 17-game season implemented at all, but they now at least have a realistic timeline as to when it will be introduced.

DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Player's Association, claimed that the extended campaign wouldn't kick in until the 2021 season, at the earliest.

There it is.

Much to the dismay of players around the league, it's seeming increasingly likely that 17 regular season games are coming to the NFL. Unfortunately for the players, Smith noted that they are prohibited to complain or object if the Player's Association ratifies the new CBA.

Whether or not the owners genuinely want to add another game to an already-grueling schedule is up for debate, but the sheer revenue that would be generated from all 32 teams playing another contest is simply too enticing for the owners to pass up.