Given the prevalence of concussions and other serious injuries that keep occurring on the NFL gridiron, some football fans have pushed for a shorter preseason. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is in favor of that idea—but, with one catch. He wants to shorten the preseason, but to add the games that are removed onto the end of the regular season.
Now, this couldn't be because regular-season games generate more revenue than preseason games ... could it?
"My solution is real simple, cut back on preseason games," Jones said during an interview on 105.3 The Fan, per SportsDay Dallas. "Have one at each team's home, play a couple of them, and then add two games to the regular season, which I've been a proponent of for several years. That's a better equity or a better way of players using what they bring to the table, their talents, their skills, their professional time in pro sports. That'll give them a bigger payday that's fair."
Jones said it's "debatable" whether adding the games to the regular season would increase players' health risk.
"I think, candidly, it's probably physically better for players than it is to have the longer preseason, the longer practicing," Jones said. "Our studies show that we actually have a ramped-up injury situation with players during preseason as opposed to the injury factor in the regular season."
Jones also made it clear just how badly he wants a Super Bowl.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan: "It would be embarrassing, it would be shocking if you knew the size of the check I would write if you guaranteed me a Super Bowl. It would be obscene. There's nothing I wouldn't do financially to get a Super Bowl."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 28, 2018
The Cowboys will wrap up the preseason Thursday against the Houston Texans before beginning their regular season against Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 4:25 p.m. ET.