Sports fans and NFL executives have long been waiting for NFL games to start this week, and now we can finally get some information on how many games we can expect.
The NFL announced Friday that it expects to start the 2017 season with an estimated 7,500 to 9,000 regular-season games, including Super Bowls, the playoffs and the playoffs in each conference.
Those numbers are expected to increase with the NFL’s schedule expansion, the league said.
The league also expects to open the season with six preseason games.
There are about 12.5 million active NFL fans in the U.S., according to the league, which also said that the average age of the NFL fan is 46.5 years old.
The median age of NFL fans is 48 years old, according to data from the Nielsen Company.
The league is also expanding the NFL Network, a premium digital channel it created with CBS and Amazon for $4.2 billion in 2017.
The network will broadcast more games, with more games on Mondays and Thursdays, on average, compared to the usual broadcast schedule, which is on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursands, the NFL said.
The NFL said it will also have more preseason games scheduled for the second half of next year, and that the league will begin scheduling regular-game broadcasts with the start of the regular season on April 15.
The teams that play in those preseason games will be announced later.