The proposed 18-game season for the National Football League could affect the television industry, including creating a permanent date for one of the biggest annual TV events, the Super Bowl, reports Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
By pushing the regular season out by two additional games, the Super Bowl could be pushed "into mid-February and give the NFL a chance to make the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend a permanent home for its biggest event," Flint writes, adding. "No doubt there are plenty of football fans who overdo it on Super Bowl Sunday and wouldn’t mind having Monday off."
But a longer season could also mean TV networks would need to pay up more for rights, the story says. "With a longer season, the league could even consider carving out yet another television package of games," the story adds. While it’s not certain the plan will come to fruition, it seems likely, possibly as early as 2012, Flint concludes.