National Football League shortens overtime to 10 minutes

Well, you may have forgotten that the National Football League is instituting a play clock between touchdowns and extra-point attempts that seems to run contrary to all the end zone fun we've been promised.

National Football League players will have more freedom to celebrate touchdowns under rule changes announced on Tuesday by commissioner Roger Goodell while club owners voted to shorten overtime periods from 15 to 10 minutes. FILE - In this December 4, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb makes a snow angel after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Green Bay, Wis. Players can face penalties of up to 15 yards and fines in the tens of thousands of dollars for these violations, so here's a list of their newly updated do's and don'ts on the field. "That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized".

Overtime periods will be shortened to 10 minutes except for playoff games and more players will be allowed to remain on the roster during preseason, Fox Sports reported.

Instead of having two cut days where the summer roster is trimmed prior to the fourth preseason game from 90 to 75 and once again from 75 to 53 less than a week later, all teams will have one cutdown deadline, from 90 to 53, following their final preseason games.

Los Angeles, which is now vying with Paris to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, was selected a year ago as host of the 2021 Super Bowl but the National Football League requires a stadium to be open for two seasons before it can host the game. In my opinion, there's no reason players can't celebrate after touchdowns. The ones the fans and players love, though, will be back and better than ever. Goodell explained last March that the league was committed to improving the pace of play and limiting game stoppages. But in a few months, the 2017 season should be the start or return of something fun - still unsafe as hell but fun. The I.R. rule change will help teams balance their rosters and players may not feel the pressure to return from injury before being 100%.

Here are the specific rule changes: the ball will no longer be considered a prop (seriously, about time).

The other significant roster change allows for not one but now two players to be eligible to return from an Injured Reserved designation. "Three pumps gets you a fine". 83 of those games went to overtime, a whopping 6% of the total games played.

And, the league announced a shift to its upcoming Super Bowl hosting schedule - Tampa Bay now has the 2021 game.

  • Julie Sanders