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NFL owners reportedly were expected to reduce preseason and regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes in March. They didn’t.

Now, according to Judy Battista of NFL Media, NFL owners reportedly are expected to reduce preseason and regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes in May. Hopefully, they won’t.

It’s a bad idea. A very bad idea. With the two-possession* rule, it will result in more ties. And it won’t necessarily result in significiantly fewer plays from scrimmage, since teams could move with a greater sense of urgency in a 10-minute overtime.

But the powers-that-be apparently are willing to welcome those complications in order, ultimately, to remove one of the arguments against short-week football. If teams won’t be playing up to 75 minutes on a Sunday before playing up to 75 minutes on a Thursday, no one can argue that Thursday football should be limited or scrapped because of this legitimate health-and-safety concern.

Instead, we’ll argue that overtime stinks because of the uptick in ties that inevitably will occur.

The better idea continues to be (and not just because it’s PFT’s proposal . . . wait, precisely because it’s PFT’s proposal) the implementation of a two-point conversion shootout. Each team goes for two, alternating the attempts, three times each. After that, it’s back and forth until someone scores and someone doesn’t.

And if the league wants to put an outer limit on the number of tries before calling it a tie, so be it. But even if the limit is, say, 20 snaps, ties will be few and far between — and the total extra snaps always will be lower than they would be in a 10-minute overtime.

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  1. harrisonhits2 says: May 17, 2017 12:09 PM

    I swear they must go into their morning meeting at 345 Corruption Ave and the first question they ask every day is –

    “How can we make the game worse and drive fans away?”

    SMH

    Stop fixing what isn’t broken !!!!!!!!

  2. aliveguy24 says: May 17, 2017 12:11 PM

    Get rid of Thursday night football.

  3. willyalistentothis says: May 17, 2017 12:12 PM

    Tinkering to tinker.

  4. lsuzilla says: May 17, 2017 12:16 PM

    College overtime = best overtime

  5. doe22us says: May 17, 2017 12:19 PM

    Keep it simple stupid and stop tinkering with stuff all the time. The NFL’s on undoing will come from the “know it all” owners.

  6. RegisHawk says: May 17, 2017 12:20 PM

    They didn’t in March because GMs & HCs attend those meetings as well and lobbied against it. The meeting this month will be owners-only, which allows them to pass the stuff they wanted to pass without the hassle.

  7. tjacks7 says: May 17, 2017 12:22 PM

    One of the worst ideas yet. And that’s saying something since the Goodell years have been full of them. Keep up the good work guys!

  8. SQ says: May 17, 2017 12:23 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with a few more ties: just ask anyone who has to put up with the NHL skills competition because hockey MUST have a winner every game.

  9. elyasm says: May 17, 2017 12:23 PM

    A two-point conversion shootout is a silly idea. All that determines is who has a better goal line offense and defense which has little to do with which team is actually better. In order to determine which team wins a football game they should be required to play, you know, football. If at the end of the overtime period no winner has been determined, then it’s a tie. Ties are fine, they happen in other sports without incident and they make the playoff calculus that much more fun to figure out at the end of the season.

  10. Indybear says: May 17, 2017 12:24 PM

    We still can’t define what constitutes a catch and, in most cases, a fumble and we still don’t have end zone or goal line cameras.

    So, yeah, change the overtime rules. I’ve already cancelled my Sunday Ticket and the drip, drip, drip of stupid owner-related decisions makes me lose more interest by the day.

  11. tjacks7 says: May 17, 2017 12:25 PM

    Yikes, that 2 point shootout idea may be the worst idea in the history of ideas.

  12. The Power Rankings says: May 17, 2017 12:27 PM

    how many games would this really affect?

  13. ariani1985 says: May 17, 2017 12:29 PM

    it only takes about 1 minute for my Pack to lose OT playoff games. Equivalent to 3 plays…

  14. jag1959 says: May 17, 2017 12:30 PM

    For the number of games that go to OT this is just numb TNF will still suck, 5 minutes isn’t going to change that. Just add another bye week and make sure the teams playing on Thursday are both coming off of one. It eliminates the short week and provides a decent Thursday night product.

  15. beavertonsteve says: May 17, 2017 12:31 PM

    It’s the OT punt fests that cause ties. Limit teams to one punt each and games will be resolved in 10 minutes.

  16. kevinlawrencecantor says: May 17, 2017 12:31 PM

    10 minute overtime is a good move. It is a very small change, protects the players, could actually help ratings and will force teams to have a sense of urgency.

    You act like ties are such a bad thing too. They’re not.

  17. brobokil says: May 17, 2017 12:32 PM

    So you want it to be hockey.

  18. onereasonableman says: May 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    Oh who cares. Ties shmies.

    Why don’t they just have two of the strongest players meet on raised platforms and beat each other with a baton until one falls off ala the old Gladiators show to determine the winner.

  19. vikefan284296 says: May 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    There have been many bad rule changes over the past decade. This would be the worst of all. It makes zero sense to anybody with a brain.

  20. Seprix says: May 17, 2017 12:37 PM

    I like ties, and it’s not like a bunch of games are going to end in ties after going to OT anyways. In fact, I’d be happy with games ending in ties at the end of regulation except for the post season. I don’t want to watch more football than I have to.

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: May 17, 2017 12:37 PM

    The two-point conversion shootout isn’t a horrible idea, but other sports that use a shootout only go to it after some amount of overtime. I suggest giving each team one possession in an untimed overtime. Then if it’s still tied, you go to the shootout.

  22. jimmyt says: May 17, 2017 12:40 PM

    I wish they would scrap it all together in the regular season. You play to a tie, you play to a tie. Makes for some interesting end games and standings.

  23. ljtola says: May 17, 2017 12:41 PM

    Alternatively, after the overtime period ends whether 10 or 15 minutes the team’s could have a field goal shootout with each kick getting progressively further. It could either be straight up whoever makes more of 3-5 rounds or each distance can be worth certain points. If it’s still tied after overtime play and a kicking shootout the game ends in a tie.

  24. joetoronto says: May 17, 2017 12:43 PM

    Other than ticket prices, the NFL will continue to reduce everything.

  25. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan says: May 17, 2017 12:44 PM

    Why not just go the college route???

  26. edahlb says: May 17, 2017 12:44 PM

    They should reduce it another 10 min, and don’t play OT at all, its not needed in the regular season. Nothing wrong with two teams play to a tie.

  27. jimnaizeeum says: May 17, 2017 12:45 PM

    Two point conversion shootout?
    That sounds like a horrible idea.

  28. clwb419 says: May 17, 2017 12:52 PM

    The two-point conversion shootout is a crazy bad idea.

    Put the ball on the 35, give the first team 4 plays (no first downs) to score. If they score a TD, they have no choice but to go for 2. After the score (or 4 plays, whichever comes first), the other team gets to do the same. If the game is still tied, the result is a tie. My hunch is that the egos and competitiveness of coaches will result in few ties.

  29. leroyquimby says: May 17, 2017 12:59 PM

    College overtime stinks. Every game goes to like 4 OTs. What was wrong with real sudden death? If your special teams and defense let them come down and kick a FG, YOU LOSE! Sorry the other QB didn’t get a shot. Life sucks sometimes, at least you’re a millionare.

  30. tjacks7 says: May 17, 2017 1:00 PM

    I could be wrong tho. Originally, I thought moving back the extra point to make the game more exciting was a bad idea. But now, I can’t even blink during an extra point. I’m on the edge of my seat! Thanks Roger!!!

  31. rutchaser says: May 17, 2017 1:00 PM

    No game should ever end in a tie.

  32. bondlake says: May 17, 2017 1:06 PM

    How about reducing the number of commercials?

  33. theright0pinion says: May 17, 2017 1:06 PM

    I propose that in the event of a tie the opposing team’s cheerleaders mud-wrestle to determine the winner.

  34. waynefontesismyfather says: May 17, 2017 1:07 PM

    If you can’t get it done in 60 minutes you shouldn’t get another 10. Just blow OT all together. Besides early game OTs infringe on the 4:25 start of the second game, I really do need to see those epic Rams/9ers game in their entirety! 😛

  35. walker1191 says: May 17, 2017 1:08 PM

    The better idea continues to be (and not just because it’s PFT’s proposal . . . wait, precisely because it’s PFT’s proposal) the implementation of a two-point conversion shootout. Each team goes for two, alternating the attempts, three times each. After that, it’s back and forth until someone scores and someone doesn’t.
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    Are you kidding me? The best idea is to allow ties during the regular season and not play any OT at all.

  36. dirtmcgirt24 says: May 17, 2017 1:08 PM

    I’d rather no regular season overtime at all than any of the nonsense alternatives that have been thrown out there, including the BS FG rule they put in a few years back.

    We don’t need fake football to determine an outcome.

    Bring back true sudden death, especially in the playoffs.

  37. bcdc26 says: May 17, 2017 1:08 PM

    The league wants more ties. It will create more drama and confusion when it gets to the last few weeks of the season and the playoff push is going for several teams.

  38. fwippel says: May 17, 2017 1:13 PM

    This move makes no sense at all. It will result in more ties, and is likely going to result in more cries for the dopey OT rules currently used by the NCAA. Common sense is lost on these people.

    BTW, the only idea worse than reducing OT to ten minutes is the two-point conversion shoot-out.

  39. thewanderer says: May 17, 2017 1:22 PM

    If he ties, he ties…

    The two-point conversion shootout is garbage, and you know it. Football isn’t soccer, where after 90 minutes, and then 4o minutes, you wake up out of your coma to watch penalty kicks.

    If the game is tied after the 4th quarter, the team with possession (A) maintains possession, field position, down and distance, etc (like the ends of the 1st and 3rd quarters). If team A scores, team B has a possession to respond. If team A doesn’t score, a score by team B wins the game. If the game remains tied after team B’s 1st possession, the first team to score wins. If the game is tied after ten minutes…

    If he ties, he ties.

  40. dimitry1212 says: May 17, 2017 1:23 PM

    getting closer and closer to soccer, you know the real football.

  41. 400marios says: May 17, 2017 1:32 PM

    I wonder what percentage of overtime games get to the 10:00 mark. I am guessing not very many.

  42. rando74 says: May 17, 2017 1:35 PM

    Why not just go the college route???
    ________________________________

    Because the NFL will never acknowledge that little brother is smarter than they are.

  43. bobthebillsfan says: May 17, 2017 1:37 PM

    I still don’t get the logic. Shorten overtime for safety reasons yet talk some owners and Goodell push for an 18 game schedule. I know they would cut preseason games from 4 to 2, but the last preseason game rarely sees starters play anyways. What am I missing?

  44. hang3xc says: May 17, 2017 1:50 PM

    Stick your 2 pt conversion up your wazoo. That’s about as stupid as the hockey shootout. This is a clear case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it”.

    Few games go into overtime to begin with, and if ties are bad, shortening OT increases the likelihood of those happening.

    Scrapping TNF because of the potential of playing an extra 5 minutes in a game is equally ridiculous. Scapping TNF simply because it stinks is a pretty good reason though

  45. aj66shanghai says: May 17, 2017 2:00 PM

    One possession each, starting at each team’s own 20, 3:30 on the clock, 1 timeout.
    FG, TD, XP or 2P, however it shakes out for each team’s equal possession, the game is over.

    Otherwise, just let it be. We just got used to the last dumb thing.

  46. jagmankane says: May 17, 2017 2:30 PM

    Play til there is a winner. All these special rules… ugh… how about be good enough?

    If you’re gonna dip into hockey and do a shoot out style… I say put it on the foot of the kicker, starting at the 30 and going back 5 yards til someone misses.

    Don’t want it to be left up to the kicker? BE GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN IN REGULATION.

  47. pftard says: May 17, 2017 2:39 PM

    If they really wanted to make it interesting and guarantee a game-final result where one Team wins.., There’s only one way to do it. They say ‘Defense Wins Championships’? Let’s prove it.

    If at the end of regulation, there’s a tie; each Team’s starting Defensive Nose Tackle lines up for a foot race, endzone to endzone. Let’s watch those big boys hoof it out for Victory. I assure you, no one will turn away and the whole crowd will leave laughing.

  48. v2787 says: May 17, 2017 2:42 PM

    I’m still mourning the demise of sudden-death overtime, which was the most exciting thing in all of sports. Damn those meddling owners.

  49. trubroncfan07 says: May 17, 2017 2:47 PM

    Stop changing the game we love!

  50. 3wordanswers says: May 17, 2017 3:14 PM

    Just abolish overtime.

    Easy fix. If the teams are tied with 00:01 left on the clock in regulation, then the road team gets a shot at a sudden death extra point. That gives the home team 59:59 to get the game won in regulation.

    I would also change the points scoring system to make OT less likely…..

    1 point, extra point after a TD,
    2 points, conversion by run or pass after a TD,
    3 points, FG from the 35 yard line or nearer,
    4 points, FG attempt from behind the 35,
    5 points, for a ‘safety’,
    6 points for a ‘regular’ TD,
    7 points for a ‘big-play’ TD scored from your own half, (including ko/punt returns).

    That should bring a bit more pizazz to some games…….

  51. hawaiifunfnull says: May 17, 2017 3:32 PM

    I can’t with ties when I look at the standings. No.

  52. fjw2 says: May 17, 2017 3:34 PM

    The only reason that teams intentionally play for a tie in regulation now is because they know there will be an overtime. Get rid of overtime (except in the playoffs) and teams will try much harder to get that last score in regulation time. If not, it’s a tie.

    Wins count for 2 points. Ties count for 1 point. Losses count for 0.

  53. sfsugator says: May 17, 2017 3:39 PM

    I agree with the above statement.

  54. It should read"the triumphant return of Lemmy Akyadis" says: May 17, 2017 3:57 PM

    Football game ends in a tie – Whaaaaaah, that’s not fair!

    Overtime – team wins with a FG, whaaaaaah, that’s not fair!

    New overtime – Patriots score a TD to win on the first possession – whaaaaaaah, it’s not fair!

    Drop OT except for playoffs. C’mon leather helmet guys! Where are you when we have important things to fix?

  55. It should read"the triumphant return of Lemmy Akyadis" says: May 17, 2017 3:59 PM

    pftard says:
    May 17, 2017 2:39 PM
    If they really wanted to make it interesting and guarantee a game-final result where one Team wins.., There’s only one way to do it. They say ‘Defense Wins Championships’? Let’s prove it.

    If at the end of regulation, there’s a tie; each Team’s starting Defensive Nose Tackle lines up for a foot race, endzone to endzone. Let’s watch those big boys hoof it out for Victory. I assure you, no one will turn away and the whole crowd will leave laughing.

    We can station EMS every 10 yards. Last man standing?

  56. stevelikesthesteelers says: May 17, 2017 4:00 PM

    No overtime at all would be a better option. Instead of Ties counting as a half win and a half loss, just completely remove them from the records -0r- go to some 3 point for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a lose type system. Make going for a game deciding two point conversion an incentive.

  57. Lori M says: May 17, 2017 4:09 PM

    Go to a 10 min or keep the 15 min overtime with one important change: Do not restart the game. No coin flip to start the overtime. The team who has the ball when time expires will kick off to the other team to start the overtime period. This required change in possession will stop teams from wasting the clock and playing for the tie and will make them try to actually win before regulation runs out.

  58. packrule says: May 17, 2017 4:39 PM

    Change the point system for a win v tie and then get rid of overtime all together. Lets see which coaches go for the tie v he win. Could be interesting.

  59. ksiner says: May 17, 2017 4:56 PM

    I typically watch the college games on Thursday nights anyway. NFL needs to adopt the college overtime format

  60. araidersfan says: May 17, 2017 5:27 PM

    Overtime should be eliminated from regular season games altogether and reserved only for the playoffs. There’s nothing wrong with regular season ties, and they were a normal part of the game for the first 50+ years of the league.

  61. finnymcphin says: May 17, 2017 5:35 PM

    Reducing OT by 5 minutes isn’t going to improve Thursday night games one bit but it could dramatically alter OT strategies and not in a good way.

  62. tjacks7 says: May 17, 2017 5:50 PM

    Go to a 10 min or keep the 15 min overtime with one important change: Do not restart the game. No coin flip to start the overtime. The team who has the ball when time expires will kick off to the other team to start the overtime period. This required change in possession will stop teams from wasting the clock and playing for the tie and will make them try to actually win before regulation runs out.

    Or they’ll just burn a timeout and punt the ball back to the other team at the end of regulation.

  63. wtfru2 says: May 17, 2017 6:31 PM

    How about going back to leather helmets and the old original rules.

    By the 4th quarter the new modern players will be so beat up and tired that one team will let the other score just to get off the field! No ties ever. Ha…..

  64. theright0pinion says: May 17, 2017 7:50 PM

    This is what happens when the NFL sells out to ADD millennials. Real football fans suffer.

  65. LargoBuc says: May 18, 2017 9:20 AM

    I didn’t think there was anything wrong with sudden death overtime.
    Anyway Thursday night football used to only be on Thanksgiving. Then they added opening night which was cool. Then they started TNF the last 4-5 weeks and we were like okay. And now it’s every week. And the product on Thursday night is trash. And reducing overtime from a potential 75 to 70 minutes isnt going to change that nor will it justify saving it. The owners need to proceed with caution or their greed will ultimately be their undoing.

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