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New NFL Media Deal Clears Path for 17-Game Season

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The NFL announced its new ten-year media rights deal on Thursday, and have cleared the path for the 17-game season in the process.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the recent CBA required a new media rights deal for the schedule expansion to become a reality.

With that significant hurdle out of the way and an significant of influx of cash coming, the change can now be discussed at the league meetings later this month.

The owners will almost assuredly pass the resolution, meaning more football is on the way in 2021.

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Once the 17-game season is adopted, the league will likely shorten the preseason slate down to three. It’s not clear how the added game will impact the league’s future schedule matrix. Here are the Steelers’ 2021 opponents, as announced by the team for a 16-game schedule:

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Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
Chicago Bears (8-8)
Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Denver Broncos (5-11)
Detroit Lions (5-11)
Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
Tennessee Titans (11-5)

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Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Buffalo Bills (13-3)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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