Roger Goodell says 4 preseason games not 'necessary any more'

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Roger Goodell continues to advocate for a shortened NFL preseason.

Recently, the league commissioner doubled down on his stance to reduce the preseason schedule. In 2017, Goodell also expressed his desire to reduce the preseason from four games to three. 

“I feel what we should be doing is always to the highest quality, and I’m not sure preseason games meet that level right now,” Goodell said during a charity golf tournament, via the Associated Press.

The NFL and NFLPA have already started negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement and according to a report from the Washington Post, many owners are in favor of revisiting the idea of an 18-game regular season.

This change would not extend the NFL season, but would potentially reduce the number of preseason games. But the decision to do so could be hampered by the players. 

Many are against the increase in regular season games, citing safety concerns and a lack of appropriate compensation for playing a longer season.

“I’m not sure, talking with coaches, that four preseason games is necessary any more to get ready for a season to evaluate players, develop players,” Goodell said. “There are other ways of doing that, and we’ve had a lot of discussions about that.”

Goodell does see the early discussion that have already taken place as a good sign, the AP noted.