Feb 4, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference at the New Orleans Convention Center the day after Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Proposes New Offseason Schedule

With the complete team representation in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, the league is using the opportunity to aggressively make some changes. This time player safety is not the focus. It’s the off-season.

The idea here is to spread out the off-season events to keep people talking about football all year. Here’s how the new schedule would look:

March: Scouting Combine

April: Free Agency Period

May: NFL Draft

June: Mini-Camps and Organized Team Activities

July: Training Camps Begin

Clearly the NFL is trying to avoid the “dead period” between early May and late July that the current schedule has. It will also make each of these events “bigger” media events since they are further apart. Plus, the NFL doesn’t do anything unless it will help it make money, and making these events more marketable obviously won’t hurt in that regard.

As someone who covers the league, I love the idea. The “dead period” can be brutal for me and my staff since we don’t shut our site down during that time like most do. Providing us with more to write about year-round is certainly nothing I’m going to complain about.

The one concern I’ve heard is that fans will eventually get emotionally fatigued. By not giving fans a proper break, they will eventually get “worn out” and won’t care as much.

I’m not sure I buy that reasoning. What are your thoughts on the idea?

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  • drrl

    Burn out on NFL? Definitely not me! The offseason activities only keep my appetite whetted.

  • Hawkman54

    Love it – Bring it on!

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    Football Fatigue in the American population? Never. Football fans starve for the most information they can get when games aren’t in season. The break is no games from February (Jan for college fans) till August/September. If they can find a way to make football a year round sport millions of fans will just eat that up!

  • KDDawg

    While the idea of the draft being pushed back a month will require some getting used to, I’m all for it, I HATE the off season!! This year already seems a bit different as the Hawks seem to be on the verge of something big. And I mean Lombardi Big! Go Hawks!!

  • theWife

    As long as they don’t turn into the NBA where its one never-ending-I-could-careless season.

    And if they could replace the ProBowl with those fun skill drills I would be happy.

  • http://twitter.com/HellaTan hellatan

    You can at least turn down your investment in the NFL during the offseason vs needing to pay more attention week in week out insuring the season