NFL's first 17-game season
What to know ahead of the NFL's first 17-game season in 2021: Here are the changes that are coming
The NFL underwent its first significant regular-season schedule change since 1978, as the owners approved the addition of a 17th game to the schedule beginning in 2021 this offseason. The change was a year in the making as the owners had the option in the new collective bargaining agreement to increase the number of regular-season games per club to 17 -- but not more -- at any time. The change will also result in the league reducing preseason games from four to three -- the maximum amount of games the new CBA allows.