NFL owners are eager to increase the regular season from 16 to 18 games.
The players aren’t so sure.
During a five-hour meeting at a posh hotel in downtown Atlanta, the push to add two more games to the regular season picked up steam Wednesday – at least among those who sign the checks.
“I think it’s a win-win all around,” said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has the right to impose an 18-game schedule – with four exhibition games for each team – under the current labor agreement. But that contract expires after this season, and it’s clear the expanded schedule will be a central issue in talks on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The owners would like to keep the season at 20 weeks, reducing the number of exhibition games from four to two.
A NEW OWNER
The owners also unanimously approved Stan Kroenke’s proposal to purchase majority ownership of the St. Louis Rams, assuming he turns over control of two other teams he owns – the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche – to his son.
Kroenke owns 40 percent of the downtrodden Rams and exercised his right to purchase the rest of the team from the Rosenbloom family for a reported $750 million.
VIKINGS GET WR
The Vikings acquired receiver Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for cornerback Benny Sapp, one day after signing veteran free agent Javon Walker. The deal is contingent upon both players passing a physical.
Camarillo rebounded from a torn ACL in 2008 to catch 105 passes for 1,165 yards and two touchdowns over the past two years.