Chiefs Owner to push for playoff expansion

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Hunt wants more
Owner to push for playoff expansion
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs would have made the playoffs last season if the NFL allowed a seventh team from each conference into the postseason.

So it’s easy to conclude that owner Lamar Hunt had that in mind when he proposed the league expand the playoff field to 14 teams, seven in a conference, rather than 12.

But his proposal, which will get heard at the NFL meetings that begin today in Orlando, Fla., has deeper roots. Hunt has pushed before for an expanded playoff field, not just after seasons in which the Chiefs would have benefited.

“It has merit for everybody, not just the Kansas City Chiefs,” Hunt said. “It creates more interest in more cities. That’s the main thing. It is easier to sell tickets when you can say you were a playoff team.”

The proposal met with plenty of resistance before and probably will again.

“I’m not sure the sentiment has changed a lot,” said Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the NFL’s competition committee.

But if Hunt is ever to succeed, this might be the year. Pittsburgh last season was the sixth and last AFC team in the playoffs but became the first No. 6 seed to reach the Super Bowl.

“That’s been the argument in the past by those who were opposed to it, that it cheapened the playoffs,” Hunt said. “I think it actually makes it more interesting. The Steelers were a Cinderella story this year, and there are other Cinderella stories waiting to happen.”

Other rules proposals to be discussed include those involving player safety and instant replay. One proposal would ban low hits on quarterbacks, such as the one that knocked Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer from the playoff loss to Pittsburgh because of a knee injury.

Tampa Bay’s instant-replay proposal would allow all penalty calls to be reviewable.

The league will also begin discussions about finding a replacement for commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who recently announced that he would retire this summer.
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/14187537.htm
 
How many years in a row has he pushed for this now?

Personally, I think its fine the way it is.
 
I personally think the wild cards are crazy.

Go with the division winners and that's it.

The same should be the same with the NHL and NBA.

While MLB has had wild card WS champs in recent years, I think we need three division winners with a team getting the best record as a bye.
 
I think the way it's set up is great. It keeps a lot of interest and a lot of teams are "in it" until the end. But it's not silly like the NHL and the NBA where almost EVERYBODY gets in the payloffs. :rolleyes:
 
TiceMustGo said:
I personally think the wild cards are crazy.

Go with the division winners and that's it.

The same should be the same with the NHL and NBA.

While MLB has had wild card WS champs in recent years, I think we need three division winners with a team getting the best record as a bye.

So you propose to switch back to a 3 division format for each conference?
 
Bones: For shame! Only half the league gets in for the NHL. Almost everybody, geez. :rolleyes:
 
^RZ^ said:
How many years in a row has he pushed for this now?

Personally, I think its fine the way it is.
Hey RZ!!!! Welcome to the site!! :) Seriously, if you expand the playoffs to 7 teams per conference.....how in the hell is that supposed to work anyway? :p
 
Angel said:
Hey RZ!!!! Welcome to the site!! :) Seriously, if you expand the playoffs to 7 teams per conference.....how in the hell is that supposed to work anyway? :p

Sup Cutie ;) and ya, I am wondering that myself.. anyone know what the format of the playoffs would be with 7 teams?
 
^RZ^ said:
Sup Cutie ;) and ya, I am wondering that myself.. anyone know what the format of the playoffs would be with 7 teams?
Don't matter. I don't think it's going to happen. I wish they'd leave it alone. If it ain't broke, don't fix it is my attitude!
 
Ya, I agree.. I think the POs are formatted just fine.
 
^RZ^ said:
Sup Cutie ;) and ya, I am wondering that myself.. anyone know what the format of the playoffs would be with 7 teams?
Are you following me now? ;) j/k.....great to have you on the site!! :) And I agree the playoff system is fine the way it is!! :)
 
Angel said:
Are you following me now? ;) j/k.....great to have you on the site!! :) And I agree the playoff system is fine the way it is!! :)

lol.. yup :eek: j/k I gotta get a few more AFC West fans over here.. will make for some fun discussion during the season.
 
^RZ^ said:
I gotta get a few more AFC West fans over here.. will make for some fun discussion during the season.
Yeah you can see that as usual the Raiders are dominateng the divsion. :cool:

We could use more Chief, Bronco and Charger fans to have some good conversation! (We already have GREAT conversaton amongst the Raider Fans around here! :D)
 
CrossBones said:
Yeah you can see that as usual the Raiders are dominateng the divsion. :cool:

We could use more Chief, Bronco and Charger fans to have some good conversation! (We already have GREAT conversaton amongst the Raider Fans around here! :D)

I know a few that will sign up when it gets closer to the season :)
 
CrossBones said:
Yeah you can see that as usual the Raiders are dominateng the divsion. :cool:

We could use more Chief, Bronco and Charger fans to have some good conversation! (We already have GREAT conversaton amongst the Raider Fans around here! :D)
Ok....hold up.....who said they were "GREAT"??? :eek: j/k Bones!! :p
 
^RZ^ said:
lol.. yup :eek: j/k I gotta get a few more AFC West fans over here.. will make for some fun discussion during the season.
Yeah.....but most chiefs fans just don't stick around.....still I agree, it would make for some fun discussions...gotta love the rivalry!! ;)
 
Kansas City must go down and they must go down HARD! :mad:
 
CrossBones said:
Kansas City must go down and they must go down HARD! :mad:
Ahaha......hahahaha........Good Luck with that!! ;)
 
CrossBones said:
But it's not silly like the NHL and the NBA where almost EVERYBODY gets in the payloffs. :rolleyes:

Man the Eastern Conference for the NBA is a joke. There is no way I am watching an Eastern Conference playoff game till the Eastern Conference Finals start. You know easily it will be Miami/Detroit. Those two teams have to really stink to be this bad. The West at least will be interesting though expect the Spurs to definitely be in the Finals when all is said and done.
 
^RZ^ said:
So you propose to switch back to a 3 division format for each conference?

Sure why not.

Either that or have the best record for each conference get a bye and the four division winners of each conference face off.
 
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