NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is hopeful a proposal for an expansion of the regular season to either 17 or 18 games could be presented to the owners at the league meetings in May. Implementation almost certainly would not come before 2011. The proposal calls for a reduction in the number of exhibition games teams play by the number of regular-season games added. Currently teams play 16 regular-season games and most play four exhibitions. “This would stay within that 20-game framework, which is still roughly two months less than any other professional league,” he said “... We have to sit down with our partners (players association and broadcasters) and go through negotiations.” (AP)