The NFL is seriously considering expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14 teams according to ESPN on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. That isn't the only proposal on the table though as the league is also looking at shortening the preseason down to three games per team.
Many teams never wanted to shorten the preseason because of losing the revenue they'd get from those ticket sales. The NFL has found a way to rectify that due to the expanded playoffs that would offset that lost revenue, and also bring about additional television money for the NFL as a whole.
Shortening the preseason is something that has been discussed for years and a lot of players have been in favor of it due to risk of injuries during so-called "meaningless" games.
The competition committee of the NFL states that a three-game preseason is the minimum necessary amount of time needed for player development and evaluation.
During the past week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned the interest that is there for the new scheduling of the league. While he said that the changes probably wouldn't happen in 2014, some sources are saying that it isn't out of the question.
ESPN states that the changes could still come as early as 2014 if the NFL can get the votes needed from NFL owner. If the changes are approved, the NFL would need to get a new preseason scheduling formula together, lock down sponsorship agreements, and fix up some stadium lease issues.