National Football League approves rule changes, tweaks overtime and celebration penalties
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 10:54
It was originally scheduled to be played in Los Angeles, but construction of the new stadium in Inglewood, Calif., has endured delays because of unusually wet weather.
Following a sharp rise in so-called "demonstration" penalties last season, with players fined for what was considered excessive celebrations, the league has amended the rules governing what players can and can't do after a touchdown. The teams are scheduled to play at Gillette Stadium on August 10.
Some of these rule changes include a shorter overtime period, more leniency regarding touchdown celebrations, and a shorter cut-down period in the preseason. Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments.
"I would conclude that the results are generalizable to National Football League referees", said Robert W. Livingston, an associate professor of management and researcher of the study. Though the league could've made an exception to ensure its return to Los Angeles coincides with hosting the game, it's instead chosen Tampa Bay, host of four previous Super Bowls, most recently XLIII, following the 2009 season.
LA will now host the Super Bowl in 2022.
"And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a message to fans, adding that the changes occurred after conversations with "more than 80 current and former players".
This is a great move by the NFL.
The change covers preseason and regular-season contests.
Horn said he feels the league is responding to fans who want to see the celebrations and wonders why league frowns upon end-zone celebrations but allows video games, such as Madden NFL, to show them.
Chairman of the National Football League competition committee Rich McKay left, speaks to the media during a break from an National Football League owners meeting Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Chicago. But there still will be some actions that result in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Offseason rosters are limited to 90 players, a number that must be shortened to 53 by the start of the regular season. Players will be flagged for celebrations that take too long or taunt the opposing team. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games.
"So I think what we already saw with the new rules of, if a field goal can't win it on the first possession, I think we've seen more ties". "But some things will still be open to interpretation".