Bill Polian says the 18-game NFL season is a done deal.
During Monday night's weekly radio show, the Indianapolis Colts team president called it a "fait accompli" and said the debate is over. Polian is a member of the league's competition committee and has worked in the league office.
He's concerned that getting rid of two preseason games to expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games will cost coaches and team officials opportunities to evaluate rookies. The solution, Polian says, might be hooking up with nearby teams for combined practices or controlled scrimmages.
League owners and the commissioner have expressed support for an expanded regular-season schedule, but have not said a decision has been made.
We all know how this will affect the NFL: less preseason games, more injuries, perhaps deeper rosters.
But how will it affect our fantasy leagues: Will the season start earlier, causing drafts to be earlier? Or, will the season run later? Will your league's fantasy rosters expand, and how long do we make our regular seasons vs. the start of playoffs?