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President Mark Murphy Says He Can’t Support an 18-Game Schedule

Packers president Mark Murphy spoke out today against adding games to the season, Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

“I couldn’t support a move to 18 (regular-season games) and two (preseason games),” Murphy said following today’s annual Packers shareholders meeting. “With the focus on player safety, it would be really hard to support that.”

During his speech to shareholders, Murphy discussed the highly-publicized concussion lawsuits by former players. As a former player himself, Murphy said he has been contacted by lawyers asking him to join the suit against the league, obviously something he wouldn’t do.

Not only does Murphy want the regular-season schedule to remain at 16 games, he also would be in favor of cutting back from four preseason games to two although it would mean losing revenue from preseason games.

“I’d be in favor of 16 and two,” Murphy said. “The challenge would be you’d lose revenue, and could you develop your younger players? The starters would play more in preseason. I don’t know if you’d gain much form the health and safety standpoint.”

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