NEW YORK (AP) - NFL team owners have voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 for next season.
During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled because of the coronavirus, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format. The top two teams in each conference skipped wild-card weekend in the past.
The NFL's decision to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams this season could have a major impact on the league based on how things have played out in the past.
There are several coaches who have gotten fired after finishing seventh in the conference who might have saved their jobs.
There are fans in Cleveland and Tampa Bay who wouldn't have had so long a drought between playoff appearances.
There are recent Super Bowl champions like this past season's Chiefs that would have had to play an extra playoff game.