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NFL Commissioner: Playoff expansion "likely"

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 12:09:30-04

You'd have to go back all the way to January 8, 2000 -- the last time the Buffalo Bills played in a postseason game. As fans of the team well know, the playoff drought would now have the ability to get a learner's permit in the state of New York.

For the past 16 years, Bills fans have been hoping that each year would be the year to finally get back to the postseason, and to end the longest running non-playoff streak in the National Football League.

If it doesn't happen this year, perhaps a bigger pool of playoff entrants would make a difference for them, and for any team looking to get back at competing for a Super Bowl. And that's what's on the horizon.... likely.... some day.

"(It) likely will happen at some point, but we want to be really cautious because we really like the balance we have with the importance of the regular season and the postseason and you don't want to mess with that balance," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a Jacksonville Jaguars town hall meeting with season-ticket holders, as corralled by NFL.com. "You have to be really careful and cautious."

As it stands, 12 teams make it to the playoffs, and there is no clear date to which playoff expansion will happen. However, Goodell has been fairly consistent in saying that increasing the amount of playoff teams is something the league remains interested in.

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