A big-time football game will no longer be a bowl game.
The NFL announced Monday it will play games that had previously been called “bowl games” and will start to call those games in 2017 and 2018.
The league will also change its scheduling of games, including matchups between teams.
It will be easier for fans to get tickets for games with new, smaller crowds.
It will be more difficult to get seats for games that have traditionally been sold out.
It’s a major shift from the traditional “bowl” schedule, in which the home team plays the visiting team in a home-and-home series.
In a statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said:We will always be a team that celebrates its games, and we will always show the fans what we can do to make them proud to watch the NFL.
That’s why we are giving our fans an opportunity to participate in the game of their dreams and in a way that is more meaningful and meaningful to them than playing in a stadium that can barely hold 50 people.
“The new format will allow us to create more exciting and exciting matchups, both on and off the field, as we bring our fans a new game experience in a completely new way,” Goodell said.
Ahead of the NFL’s decision, the NFLPA was quick to criticize the changes.
“It’s going to be a tough slate of games,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement.
“The games we’re going to have to play now will be tough.”
The NFL will play the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs.
The San Francisco 49ers will host the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs on Nov. 13.
The Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants will face each other in the NFC Championship Game on Dec. 31.
The game will start at 7 p.m.
ET on Sunday, Jan. 3, in Atlanta.
The game will air on ABC and CBS.
The teams will face off on a Sunday night game at 7:30 p.k.
The NFL will be the first NFL game to start on CBS.
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