NFF players have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement for the next decade, expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams and increasing the regular season from 16 to 17 games. The preseason will be reduced, likely to three games.
The NFL postseason seems to be following the regular-season ratings trend. Though viewership for the playoffs has been huge, it’s down from last season, just as it was during the regular season on CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Ratings fell for three of four divisional playoff games over the weekend, one week after the wild card round of the playoffs saw viewership fall 2% The declining viewership is largely because last year’s games drew huge, often record, ratings.
Games will air on CBS, Fox and NBC beginning Jan. 5, leading up to Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.