It’s official. The NFL has added an extra week to it’s season.
Teams will now play 17 games in 18 weeks including three preseason games to maintain compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, which limits the total number of preseason and regular-season games played to 20. NFL owners approved the expansion on Tuesday.
The season will begin on Thursday night, Sept. 9 and will end on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles has been pushed back one week, from Feb. 6 to 13, 2022.
“This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world.”
The Dolphins will host the Giants in the newly added Week 18 game.
The move to an extra week of games will increase revenue for the league.