By Harvey Hoffman

NFL team owners today formally approved an expansion of the postseason to 14 teams, beginning with the 2020 season.

During a conference call, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Three-fourths of the 32 owners needed to approve the change.

The new format changes prior league practice in two ways:

• There will be a total of three wild-card teams per conference, up from two.

• The No. 2 seed in each conference will host the new No. 7 seed in the wild-card round, meaning that only the No. 1 seeds will have first-round byes.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began considering the idea nearly 10 years ago, and the league appeared on the brink of adopting a similar plan in 2014. Ultimately, the idea was put on hold until after owners and players completed a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this month.

Wild-card weekend will feature back-to-back tripleheaders on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, according to the league. CBS will broadcast one of the new games, scheduled for a 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff on Jan. 10, and it will be streamed on CBS All Access. That game will also be aired on Nickelodeon in a production geared toward a younger audience.

NBC, its new streaming service Peacock and Spanish-language Telemundo will broadcast the other new game on Jan. 10 at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET.

The NFL last expanded its playoffs in 1990, increasing from 10 to 12 teams.