I’m actually opposed to increasing to 17 games. Mostly because of health reasons and also while the players get a little more money, it’s the already rich owners who line their pockets. I wrote Mark Murphy about this and received a prompt response from him. Basically he said he’s concerned about the quality of pre-season play and they need to do something about it. Reading between the lines - there’s more money to be made with a regular season game.
I tried to write Roger Goodell. There is absolutely no way on the nfl website to contact the commissioner. I was really upset at the comment made by both the commissioner and Michael Bidwell ‘we have listened to the fans and they want another game.’ There have been no surveys, open discussion, etc with anyone. After trying several search engines, I found an email address for the commissioner and wrote him. I’ve heard nothing back.