When Jerry Jones talks, people listen. And that's definitely what happened this week when the Dallas Cowboys owner speculated that there should be more teams able to make the NFL post-season.
This is a view not shared by New York Giants co-owner John Mara, who thinks the play-offs are exciting as they are, and tampering with them may destroy an already effective product.
Many people think the only reason Jones wants an extension is to get his luckless Cowboys back into the tournament. That may be the case, but one thing is for sure, Mara is not on the same page.
Speaking on WFAN today, he said, "I look at the games we had last weekend, and it’s pretty tough to imagine a better weekend for the National Football league than we had last weekend.
“Three of those four games were just outstanding, went right down to the wire. When you start talking about playing games on Friday nights or Monday nights, I just don’t know how excited I get about that."
Mara says he is willing to listen to the discussion, which is sure to raise its head in the off-season, with a spokesman saying a change would need a 'vote of the clubs but it has not been taken up yet.' However, Mara insists the pre-season should be the talking point.
"I like the system we have now, but I’m willing to listen to the discussion and the reasons for and against. I’m sure that will come up this offseason," he added.
"It's pretty tough to sell [the pre-season] as an entertainment product, but it's really the only time you get to play certain young players."
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