2016 rule book includes new ejection provision

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On the Friday before the Super Bowl, Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested a rule that triggers an automatic ejection when a player commits two personal fouls. In March, the owners adopted a rule that didn’t really reflect what Goodell wanted.

The 2016 rule book includes the precise language of the new provision. Specifically, a player will be ejected if he commits before or during the same game any of the following twice: (a) throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made; (b) using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League; (3) using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.

For all other forms of unsportsmanlike conduct, the two-violation rule doesn’t apply. However, the 2016 rulebook contains language that removes any and all ambiguity regarding the consequences arising from making contact with game officials.

“Under no circumstance is an official to allow a player to shove, push, or strike him in an offensive, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike manner,” the rule book states. “The player shall be disqualified from the game, and any such action must be reported to the Commissioner.”

The prior rule book didn’t include the mandatory “shall,” which gave officials as a practical matter some discretion. There is no discretion of any kind now; when a player shoves, pushes, or strikes an official in an offensive, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike way, he must be ejected.

14 responses to “2016 rule book includes new ejection provision

  1. As an official (not NFL) I can tell you that language isn’t much of a deal for contact with a ref. Note it has two triggering mechanisms: 1) shove, push, or strike; that also must be 2) offensive, disrespectful, or (in an) unsportsmanlike manner

    Basically as long as the ref thinks the contact was accidental, incidental or otherwise not really intended to challenge the ref’s authority, the ref can ignore it or verbally warn the player without removing him. On the other hand, if a player’s been chippy with a ref and just happens to get too close and contacts the ref, he can toss the player.

    As an official I would love this rule.

  2. What a poorly written and awful rule.

    Where’s the rule about players can’t make fun of each other’s tutus and dancing shoes ?

    SMH

    Goodell is vile, he and his cronies are awful for the game

  3. “Using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.”

    Dancing in the endzone…..?

  4. Glad the competition committee had the sense to at least recognize that with the proliferation of ticky-tack personal foul calls on defenders in today’s NFL that it would have been dumb to eject a player for those types of unintentional hits.

    Goodell does not care about the quality of the game or longtime fans. His interests are:
    1) Lawsuits
    2) Expanding into foreign markets
    3) Appealing to soccer moms and other casual fans

    To a point this is understandable because he’s getting paid $40M per year to try to grow the value of the league. But he sure takes it to the extreme and shows time and again he has no respect for true fans … which is why he gets roasted at the Draft and other public events.

  5. this is garbage. how bout a zero tolerence policy for all penaltys. if players got ejected the second the got a penalty, maybe more of em would stop cheating and start following rules, let alone the law.

    in fact, i would argue that the nfls leniant policy towards personal fouls has led to players being unable to diferentiate between right and wrong / legal and ilegal in wider soceity.

  6. Of course, when it hurts NE there will be no problem, but the day after it helps the Pats, it will be totally scrapped. Especially if it goes against the Broncos, Colts, or Ravens.

  7. >>r insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League; (3) using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.

    How about not allowing players to say anything.
    No smiling, nothing.
    Turn them into zombies.

  8. Is this a real rule or one of those rules that will only be enforced against the Patriots, like the “no pushing the pile on field goals” rule?

  9. “There is no discretion of any kind now; when a player shoves, pushes, or strikes an official in an offensive, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike way, he must be ejected.”
    _______________________________

    Offensive, Disrespectful, Unsportsmanlike.

    As long as the official doesn’t think the contact is one of these things, the player doesn’t need to be ejected. The language in the rule doesn’t really change anything.

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