National Football League notebook: Owners decide to trim overtime to 10 minutes

Expect to see some differences in the 2017 season as National Football League owners voted for and passed several new rule changes during Tuesday's spring meetings. Previously, teams first pared the roster from 90 to 75 players.

Goodell wrote that after he held conversations with more than 80 current and former players, "we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays".

While the overtime rule change will only affect a handful of game, the new player celebration guidelines might have an impact on every contest. According to NFL Research, there have been 83 overtime games over the last five seasons, 22 of them lasting at least 10 minutes into overtime (the average time elapsed in overtime in the last five years is 7 minutes, 43 seconds).

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Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that the overtime rule change is permanent. They'll be allowed to celebrate on the ground - in instances such as snow angels - and will also be able to celebrate in groups once again. Rather, he stated more broadly that "offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized".

"Goodell was already against four preseason games", said one team official present at the meetings, "and he made it pretty clear the league felt that this roster change would even further diminish the quality of the fourth preseason game".

"I know he'd like to do more, he looks like he can do more", Coach Mike Mularkey said. League officials are expected to review such celebrations during the preseason and provide guidance as the regular season moves forward.

The No Fun League is no more. Of course, the players who benefit are likely long shots to make the final 53 anyway, and spending an extra game with a team that has no intention of keeping them might prevent them from latching on with a team that they might be able to make as a depth or special teams player.

The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have until August 25 to prove their respective facilities are on track to host the Super Bowl, which is the most watched television event of the year in the United States.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him".

  • Julie Sanders