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Old 05 October 2017, 01:57 PM
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Default NFL Question - Short Season

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With NFL back on TV can I ask why the season is so short?
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Old 05 October 2017, 02:19 PM
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Do you mean why they play only 16 regular season games? Because the 2017/2018 season is the same length they usually are.

The answer to why they play on 16 games in the regular season is that the rate of injury is pro football is pretty high, one site says a player has a 4% chance of being injured in each game. Probably this is part of the reason the NFL players union has resisted increasing the number of games played per season.

Also, I'm not sure that a season that goes from September to December (August to February if you count pre and post season) is really that short. The better question might be why other sports' seasons are so long*.

* Money.
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Old 05 October 2017, 03:08 PM
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The better question might be why other sports' seasons are so long.
I'm looking at you HOCKEY!
October through finals in June.
June!! Really?!?!
There shouldn't even be any ice by then.
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Old 05 October 2017, 03:49 PM
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I was thinking Major League Baseball. 162 games from March to November.
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Old 05 October 2017, 04:41 PM
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I always remember an old MAD magazine article on "You know it's really summer when...." "....the NBA finals are nearly over, and the NFL pre-season is about to start."
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Old 05 October 2017, 04:42 PM
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Don't forget the NBA, which runs from October through June with 82 games over 240 days for the season and playoffs. Not as many games as baseball, but days longer than MLB (213, season and playoffs), and a bit shorter than NHL (240+, depending on finals date).
Of course, none of them compare to Major League Soccer. They run from March 3rd to December 9th, a whopping 281 days.
It does put the NFL's 150 days from season opener to Superbowl to shame.
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Old 05 October 2017, 04:58 PM
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My issue with baseball is partially the sheer number of games, but also that so many nicknames are now inaccurate. "Spring" training is during the winter and maybe a week of spring. The "Boys of Summer" play spring, summer, and fall. And a "Mr October" would be bad as he might let his team down during crucial games of the World Series*.

* If by "world" you mean the US and a bit of Canada.
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