NFL owners have voted to expand their postseason from 12 to 14 teams for the 2020 season.
The decision was made in a conference call last night, which substituted for the NFL's Annual League Meeting. The meeting was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The play-off expansion means the number of 'wild-card' teams will expand from two to three in each conference.
Instead of double-headers on wild-card weekend, there will be triple-headers, which are scheduled for Saturday, 9 January and Sunday 10 January 2021.
CBS and NBC will be granted broadcasting rights for one additional game each. As part of CBS' coverage, the game also will air on Nickelodeon in a separate broadcast designed for children.
The new format makes gaining the No. 1 seed in each conference more important. The No. 1 seeds will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they also will be the only teams with a bye to the Divisional round (effectively the quarter-finals of the Championship).
The No. 2 seed in each conference, which previously had a bye, will host the No. 7 seed on wild-card weekend.
As in the past, the No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed, with the No. 5 seed playing at the No. 4 seed's home field.
The exact result of the vote was not disclosed, but it required approval from 75% of the NFL's 32 owners.
Players had already agreed to the plan when they approved a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the NFL's plans to host this year's draft in Las Vegas, but the event might head to Sin City in 2022.
Next year's draft will be held in Cleveland, and the 2023 draft is scheduled for Kansas City, but the NFL has yet to pick a 2022 venue.
The 2020 draft, to be held 23-25 April, will be run remotely out of a television studio. All team representatives will be in their home markets, and potential draftees will be made available via televised connections.