The FXFL launches its inaugural season this week, and it’s trying to create ties to the NFL. It’s possibly trying a little too hard to do that.
In an item in the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha Mammoths coach Sandy Buda says the NFL asked the FXFL to utilize certain rules.
“When they’re asking us to do something, that’s a good sign,” Buda said.
But there’s a catch. Per a league source, the NFL hasn’t asked the FXFL to implement any rules, of any kind.
The FXFL will be trying extra points from the 17-yard line, implementing a variety of new rules on kickoffs, attempting all field goals from a hash mark, in order to make the attempt more difficult, and permitting defense to use only four looks against punt teams.
While some of those rules may catch the NFL’s eye (the league experimented for two weeks of the preseason with kickoffs from the 15), the NFL hasn’t requested any of these rules.