NFL rule changes bring some fun back to the No Fun League
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 5:32
It was also undoubtedly a win for fans who thought the league was taking the fun out of its game.
Overturning one of his prior rules regarding celebrations not only makes a small aspect of an National Football League game more entertaining for fans and players, but the change also gives hope for the future that Goodell might revisit some other rules that people around the National Football League disapprove of. Specifically, the letter stated players would now be allowed to use the football as a prop, participate in group demonstrations and celebrate on the ground free of penalty.
Goodell first announced he would meet with a panel of players regarding celebration rules at the league's annual meetings in March.
The league also agreed to allow teams to designate a second player to return from injured reserve over the course of a given season. There have been concerns about the number of additional plays teams undergo while playing a full 15-minute overtime period, especially when one of the teams is subject to playing its next game on a short week.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett will likely be disappointed pelvic thrusts aren't included in the league's new "fun" policy.
Other rules that have significant impact on players and teams alike, include the new IR designation, overtime rules, and penalties for on-field celebrations. Call me a dork if you want (it wouldn't be the first time), but I find myself very excited about this. Those players that most need to get reps in will now still be on the roster for Week 4 of the preseason.
It's one of a few rule changes the league reportedly voted into action at the owners meetings Tuesday in Chicago. Instead, teams will go straight from 90 to 53 players following the final preseason game.
And while these new, loosened-up rules aren't flawless, and they certainly aren't and exact, they feel like step in the right direction. As long as the celebrations are not egregiously offensive, there should be no reason to prevent players from celebrating, whether it's an extravagant pre-planned demonstration or a spontaneous burst of emotion.
The NFL says the shortened amount of time will not result in more ties, but that seems a little misleading. Increasing the roster size would help lower injury risks but owners may not be ready to guarantee salaries to more players just yet.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke said he welcomed the decision to delay awarding the Super Bowl to Los Angeles by a year.
LA will now host the Super Bowl in 2022.