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NFL tables proposed shrinkage of overtime

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The Competition Committee recommended to ownership a reduction of preseason and regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. The ownership has not yet embraced the recommendation.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the proposal was tabled during Tuesday’s meetings in Arizona. The source added that nine teams were opposed to the change.

By rule, 24 votes are needed to implement a rule change. Which means that nine “no” votes can block and proposed change.

It’s unclear when the matter will be revisited. Or whether another possibility (cough . . . two-point conversion shootout . . . cough) will emerge in its place.

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22 Responses to “NFL tables proposed shrinkage of overtime”
  1. a1b24312 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:12 PM

    After further review, overtime stands?

  2. sameer1138 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:20 PM

    I am disappointed by the lack of a George Costanza picture to accompany this article.

  3. fatguystrangler says: Mar 28, 2017 2:20 PM

    They were in the pool.

  4. 49ersfury says: Mar 28, 2017 2:20 PM

    Just give both defenses and offenses
    a chance to touch the field in OT; problem solved.

    49ers 2017

    Sole Owners of the 4th Largest TV market.

    Winning With class

  5. brutus3413 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:22 PM

    Shrinkage?

    “I was in the pool!” – G. Costanza

    Sorry.

  6. jag1959 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:32 PM

    There have been 2,560 regular season games played in the last ten years, 8 have ended in ties.

  7. dtlb58 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:34 PM

    GOOD! Vote NO! For this stupid rule proposal. We don’t want more possible ties! And thanks by the way to Bill Polian for coming up with this dumb ass rule change.

  8. oldtrix says: Mar 28, 2017 2:41 PM

    Well, with the new raiders-themed brothel in LAS, I doubt Shrinkage will be an issue anymore…

  9. samadams14 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:44 PM

    No 2pt shootout!!!

  10. wib22 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:49 PM

    the patriots do it and everyone whines.

    Good lord.

  11. ricko1112 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:52 PM

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with the old overtime rules! The team winning the toss won the game 52% of the time. Winning the toss had little impact on the game.

  12. samadams14 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:52 PM

    What does the league want? Fewer ties, shorter games or less opportunity to get hurt? I don’t get it. Blandino said it wouldn’t necessarily lead to more ties.

    It made things fairer with the FG can’t win rule, but more ‘dangerous’ by adding more snaps to drive further/additional possession.

  13. wmnf says: Mar 28, 2017 2:55 PM

    First off, I find talk of shrinkage to be disturbing.

    Second, I find Polian to be a blubbering idiot.

  14. backuppunter says: Mar 28, 2017 3:07 PM

    rock, paper, scissors

  15. lx2016 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:08 PM

    GREAT! I was afraid they were going to make a huge mistake by reducing OT. They’re would have been more annoying ties.

  16. tedmurph says: Mar 28, 2017 3:14 PM

    IMO, any gimmicky OT rules in any sport is a farce. The World Cup decided by a shootout? What the NHL does? If you need OT, play the game under the same rules you trained and played under all year. Pick whatever amount of time you want. After that, it’s a tie. In the playoffs you do 15 min quarters until it’s resolved.

  17. Lori M says: Mar 28, 2017 3:26 PM

    10 min overtime is OK but get rid of the coin flip. The team who has the ball at the end of regulation kicks off to the opposite team to start and play to sudden death. that will keep teams from killing the clock or playing for the tie and hoping to get the coin flip in their favor. Just win, baby!

  18. gregfalco15 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:49 PM

    Lori M says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:26 PM

    10 min overtime is OK but get rid of the coin flip. The team who has the ball at the end of regulation kicks off to the opposite team to start and play to sudden death. that will keep teams from killing the clock or playing for the tie and hoping to get the coin flip in their favor. Just win, baby!
    ___.____

    This makes no sense at all. The team with possession of the ball at the end of regulation can simply punt with 1 second left and therefore force the opposing team to kick off in OT.

  19. justintuckrule says: Mar 28, 2017 3:57 PM

    Go back to the old OT rule (sudden death) but reduce the number of offensive downs to 3. It’s admittedly gimmicky but it accounts for the league being so anti-defense.

    If you can’t get a first down in 2 plays, you’ll have to punt or go for it. More excitement and better odds of both teams touching the ball once.

  20. pastabelly says: Mar 28, 2017 4:29 PM

    To Mike Florio, yes, most of us always pick up your Seinfeld references. That episode was on last week. Shrinkage.

  21. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:37 PM

    Go back to original OT rules. First team to score wins, period. And no, I do not give a damn about your cupcake feelings about winning the coin flip and scoring 1 minute later being unfair. You had 60 minutes to defeat your opponent and you couldn’t do it. If you lose the coin flip and never get the ball in OT, that’s your own fault for not winning in 4 quarters. First team to score in OT wins. Grow up, put on your big boy drawers and deal with it.

  22. sob617 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:12 PM

    The problem with OT (if there is one) is that both teams don’t get an offensive possession. Let them each have the ball on O. If tied after one possession each, sudden death. OMG there are so few OT games, let’s make the ones we get as exciting as possible. PS – Lifelong Pats fan here and would have wanted it this way in that February game a few weeks ago.

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