NFL commissioner Roger Goodell left open the possibility of expanded playoffs for the 2014 season, although time may be running out to add a wild card to each conference. He said Thursday that owners will discuss an expanded playoff format when they meet May 20 in Atlanta.
"I think it's something that can be done in a way that will improve competitiveness and create more excitement toward the end of the season,'' Goodell said. "We're quite optimistic about it.''
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Giants president John Mara, a member of the competition committee, told Newsday on Tuesday that he doubts an expanded playoff format will be approved for this season. Goodell said it won't happen this year unless it's approved in May. Even if the owners gave the OK, the NFL Players Association would have to agree.
Extra-point change for preseason
PAT kicks were 99.6-percent successful last season, prompting the league to consider making them more challenging. The snap will be from the 15 in the preseason's first two weeks. PAT snaps in the regular season will remain at the 2.
Tolerant workplace environment
With linebacker Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, joining the league, Goodell said it continues to stress an environment that will welcome gay players. "We've had a lot of discussions . . . to make sure we provide the best possible environment,'' he said. "We're going to make sure we [do that] for [Sam].''
Pash: Concussion deal still possible
"The overriding goal of both sides,'' Pash said, "is to . . . start providing compensation for people who need it and do that quickly, without the expense and the trauma of . . . a multiyear legal battle.''