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What's ahead? NFL owners to meet about upcoming season

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a ceremony as part of Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Fla. NFL owners will vote next week on a measure allowing Goodell and the finance committee to increase league-level debt to cover pandemic-related losses, sources said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a ceremony as part of Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Fla. NFL owners will vote next week on a measure allowing Goodell and the finance committee to increase league-level debt to cover pandemic-related losses, sources said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

What's ahead for the NFL in 2021? Not even the teams know.

They'll begin finding out this week when the 32 team owners hold virtual meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two items top the agenda: increasing the regular season to 17 games and decreasing preseason games to three per team. Both are nearly certain to be approved after a pandemic-stressed season that severely cut into the league's revenue stream.

Many players, however, aren't thrilled with the idea.

“We really let this happen,” tweeted safety Adrian Amos of Green Bay.

Saints star running back Alvin Kamara called the increase to 17 games “dumb.”

Regardless, it's about to happen. The owners want it and don't need the union's permission. The media partners who just spent about $10 billion annually for NFL rights fees will get more content that counts, and fewer exhibition games.

With the preseason reduced, plans basically call for a bye week after the final August games and before the season begins in the second week of September. Also coming is a reduction in such offseason events as minicamps, organized team activities and preseason work.