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Overtime proposal may have a chance, after all

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2010

    When word first emerged in February that the Competition Committee had spoken to a group of players regarding the possible modification to overtime, a sense of optimism emerged that the measure would pass.

    "It's coming," NFL Network's Rich Eisen said via Twitter.

    Last week, Competition Committee co-chair Rich McKay announced that the league's rule-making body had voted to present the modified, playoff-only procedure, which essentially prevents a team from winning with a first-drive field goal, to ownership at the annual league meetings.

    More recently, doubt has been cast on the viability of the measure, given that 75 percent of the league's 32 teams must vote in favor of the measure before it passes. Also, NFLPA Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs George Atallah told us on Monday that the union believes that approval of the players must be sought. With more and more teams either undecided or opposed to the move, it looked like the measure was destined to be tabled until May, where all essentially failed proposals go to essentially fail.

    These realities recently prompted Eisen to replace "It's coming" with "I think there's no chance that passes."

    But this roller coaster apparently has a few more dips and turns. Two highly-respected NFL reporters, Mark Maske of the Washington Post and Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, has posted via Twitter that there's still hope. Says Maske, "upporters definitely seem to think it has a chance to get the 24 votes needed for approval."

    And as Farmer wrote, "I'm getting a funny feeling that, even though a lot of coaches are leaning against OT proposal, owners might just push it through."

    In this regard, the fact that Commissioner Roger Goodell supports the measure can't hurt. Highly respected by more than 24 of the owners, Goodell possesses the skills to persuade any fence-sitters to give the move a try. Besides, at a time when the union is watching every move the league makes, the failure of the owners to adopt a proposal that Goodell is pushing could send a very bad message regarding whether ownership truly is unified.

    Regardless, the fact that the supposedly influential Competition Committee has voted in favor of the revised rule should be good enough for the rest of the league. Perhaps, after all, it will be.
  2. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard FORMER Charger fan at 7000'

    Jul 12, 2007
    My only beef is that if they are going to change the rule, it should be in effect for ALL games and not just playoff games. Seems stupid to have two different ways of deciding tie games.

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