No quick decision on NFL makeups

Week 2 games' word may come Tuesday

Terrorism Strikes America

September 15, 2001|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

The NFL will wait until at least Tuesday before deciding whether to reschedule Week 2 games that were called off in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, league spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday.

The league must either reschedule the games in the wild-card weekend slot at the end of the regular season, or cancel them and play a 15-game season.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who opted for the first non-strike work stoppage in modern league history on Thursday, will make the call after talking with the NFL Players Association, the television networks and league owners.

Eliminating the wild-card round of the playoffs would mean trimming the playoff field from 12 teams to eight, and starting the postseason with the divisional playoff round. Only one wild-card team from each conference would make the tournament, as opposed to three under the current format.

If the league opts for a 15-game schedule, there will be inequities. Because the San Diego Chargers had a bye this week, they would wind up playing 16 games. And because the Arizona Cardinals had an opening-week bye, they would play a 14-game schedule.

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