Report: NFL considering revising celebration penalty rules

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The NFL has been dubbed “The No Fun League” for ages due in part to penalties and fines being levied for excessive celebration.

But for the first time in a long time, the league may be open to the idea of scaling back such penalties.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the NFL competition committee is expected to meet with former players and members of the NFL Players Association at the NFL combine this week with the subject of revising the penalties on the table.

Via Pelissero, there appears to be momentum toward making changes to the rules. There were 30 such penalties assessed last season after just 34 penalties were enforced over the previous three seasons combined. The apparent emphasis point seems to be toward the league only wanting to focus on particularly lewd and inappropriate celebrations and overly lengthy demonstrations while scaling back enforcement of shorter celebrations.

Penalties were assessed last season to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott when he jumped into a Salvation Army bucket after a touchdown and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas when he hugged an official after he returned an interception for a touchdown. Other penalties of harmless celebratory gestures were flagged as well. Displays like these would seem to be at the heart of the league’s interest in rolling back the degree of penalty enforcement.

Certain displays are always going to be considered excessive but the league has gone too far in cracking down on celebrations. Understanding that and being open to scaling back is a good step forward.

31 responses to “Report: NFL considering revising celebration penalty rules

  1. Wait can we see small harmless celebrations again?

    That doesn’t seem like the type of thing that Rodger would ever allow, did he secretly get taken out by Kraft?

  2. Remove penalties for:
    – pre planned celebrations
    – group celebrations
    – going to the ground
    – dunking the football
    – using the ball as a prop

    All of these are fun and harmless and what fans want to see.

  3. Don’t change the rules!! We don’t need to see these prima-donna’s celebrate and add more time to the game!! They should be fined and suspended a game for not following rules, which is a real problem in this league!! Most players in this league think they are above the rules of the league and above the laws of AMERICA! The swamp needs to be drained in the NFL too!!

  4. The NFL:

    Pretty much anything can happen at the Super Bowl halftime show and it’s all kosher.

    But players make an “axe-swinging motion” after touchdowns and sacks? HELL NO. 75K FINE.

    NFL leadership structure needs an enema.

  5. Personally, I like the celebrations, as they are mostly entertaining. Some go too far though. But isn’t being entertained why we watch in the first place?

  6. Personally, I hate the celebrations. They take away from what’s left of the integrity of the game.
    If football is the ultimate team sport, why do we have the individuals dancing like fools?

  7. “The apparent emphasis point seems to be toward the league only wanting to focus on particularly lewd and inappropriate celebrations and overly lengthy demonstrations while scaling back enforcement of shorter celebrations.”

    I’m all for eliminated the penalties for celebrations that don’t detract from the game or cause delays.

    Based on the quote above, they must be finally looking to eliminate the “Lambeau Leap”.

    Intentionally leaving the field of play, which delays the game, so that you can be lewdly groped by a bunch of intoxicated fans is a disgrace to the game of football.

  8. What’s “fun” about watching a grown man dance and prance around while rotating his hips and thrusting his pelvis in front of a majority male audience?

  9. The one I always remember is the Patriots getting flagged for excess celebration in the Super Bowl after Malcolm Butler made his interception to win the game. I mean, come on.

  10. >.Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas when he hugged an official after he returned an interception for a touchdown.

    That penalty was warranted.
    Earl Thomas is incredibly strong and could have broken the bones of the wimpy ref with a strong bear hug.

    😉

    I have no problems with individual players TD celebrations. The only TD celebrations I didn’t like were Cam Newton and the Panthers “just having fun”. Those wee excessive, and hopefully Cam won’t have a chance to be doing those much anymore.

  11. I don’t recall Elliott being penalized for jumping into the Salvation Army bucket, and if memory serves me correctly the commentators even made note of it…

  12. it’s stupid you can’t celebrate with your coworkers after successfully completing a task aka nfl. you might offend another grown man or woman if you dance. get over yourselves people. that’s one of the huge problems in this world vs 30 years ago.. let’s not offend anyone’s feelings… people feel so entitled, heaven forbid if any one celebrates and hurts anyone’s feelings. what a joke people have become today.

  13. I think the league forgets that it is in the entertainment business and that the celebrations are entertaining. They like to take themselves too seriously at times and it’s no wonder people have started to tune out.

  14. Do you remember Barry Sanders?
    He would hand the ball to the refs, no show boating no spiking.
    He Did his job.
    I don’t need to see these idiotic self absorbed actions.
    Play score and repeat.

  15. hendawg21 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 8:03 AM
    I don’t recall Elliott being penalized for jumping into the Salvation Army bucket, and if memory serves me correctly the commentators even made note of it…
    ========================
    I believe we were assessed a 15 yd penalty, but he did not get fined. A fine is what was being discussed …….
    I rather enjoy the celebrations, within reason 🙂

  16. Funny how baseball has no problems like this. 90 mph fastballs are a great sheriff.

  17. Sure let’s add some more time to the length of these already (some) crappy games. A very quick celebration is ok but I prefer the professionalism (liberals will have to look that one up) of Barry Sanders over the idiocy of some of today’s players.

  18. The next superstar that acts like he has been there before, hands the ball to the ref etc, will be the biggest thing in the sport. People are so sick of fake and canned and are craving genuine and authentic.

  19. gophersnot says:
    Mar 1, 2017 5:46 AM
    Personally, I hate the celebrations. They take away from what’s left of the integrity of the game.

    ————————–

    Oh God I’m laughing. You win the internet today sir.

  20. It’s pretty simple folks. Celebrate, but don’t be disrespectful, lewd or excessive. And don’t make contact with the opposing team players or officials.

  21. Good – I was never down with the League penalizing penalties in the first place. That was just the NFL leaning too far backwards to accommodate the pearl clutching and stick-up-its-a*s crowd.

    Seriously – who the hell is hurt, or how is anybody harmed, if a player dunks a football over the crossbars after a TD, or pulls a sharpie, or a bunch of them make snow angels, or anything of that sort?

  22. They should take it one step farther. Have the players that want to celebrate do something short and tasteful. Then each week, have the fans vote on the best TD celebration. The winner will have the NFL donate money to the charity of his choice.

  23. Gone are the days when Men played football, and when scoring simply tossed the ball to the ref or left it in the endzone. Now we have older juveniles playing that have to act like like they are hangin on a street corner in the end zone. Let’s get the Ghetto out of TD scores and good plays. Celebrating is for winning a game not making a sack or making a good offensive play. Grow up guys, you are Millionaires acting like punks.

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