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Loosen Up: NFL to allow some flair in celebrations

24 May, 2017, 04:03 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Will this allow for more tie games?

Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement today about how the league will relax player celebration penalties with new guidelines.

The league will shorten the overtime periods to 10 minutes from 15.

Team will now cut their roster from 90 players to 53 days before the regular season.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to tell owners that group celebrations, using the ball as a prop after touchdowns, going to the ground and snow angels are all now legal, according to USAToday.com's Tom Pelissero. After years of attempting to turn their charismatic players into robotic drones, the league has chose to soften its stance on one of the more entertaining non-football aspects of the game. Allowing for these kinds of celebrations will offer a little more enjoyment, and less frustration when a flag is thrown because a player is having a good time.

The rule change is aimed at helping to improve player safety. According to NFL Research, if overtime had ended after 10 minutes in all games over the past five years, there would have been 16 total ties. But this is a good step in the right direction toward making the National Football League more about what the fans want. A team game in which the players celebrate joy upon a successful on-field accomplishment. A few years ago, the National Football League began allowing teams to place on player on an IR-Designated To Return list, allowing the designated player to return to the active 53 man roster after a minimum of 8 weeks.

May 23, 2017Prolonged acts, miming weapons, offensive gestures, sexually suggestive stuff still expected to be banned.

Now two players a season are allowed to return to practice if they have been on the IR for at least six weeks.

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