National Football League announces changes to speed up the pace of games

National Football League announces changes to speed up the pace of games

National Football League announces changes to speed up the pace of games

Under the current rights package, the league's three broadcast partners (CBS, NBC and Fox) and ESPN will fork over a combined $39.6 billion in exchange for access to TV's last sure-fire reach vehicle. It also hopes to standardize when the play clock starts after a player runs out of bounds. Honest reaction: I thought this was already the case. According to the NFL's research, these occur 27% of the time.

"Who's in the replay room?" one source asked PFT this morning. Presumably, that option would go away, and it's hard to imagine there being much resistance to the idea. And this does not affect the 156 plays during the game. A play clock also will be instituted after extra points. "With our partners, we will be looking to instead focus on content that is most complementary and compelling to you - whether that is analysis, highlights or stories about our players".

While Blandino may well be a qualified voice in the matter, making him the authority is at the very least a notable decision by the NFL.

And again, this is not a drastic change in procedure.

In one way that should be applauded because the National Football League has generally been a very reactive business so any sign that points to a proactive approach should be applauded. As most fans remember from the replacement referee days of 2012, the league and the union don't always see eye-to-eye on matters. During the last five minutes of either half, it stops until the ball is snapped. The length of halftime will also be standardized, the league said.

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Clubs will vote on a change to centralize replay reviews. The league wishes to centralize the decision-making process at its officiating headquarters in NY.

Rather than have the referee go to the sideline and duck into a booth for a replay review, a tablet will be brought out to the field.

While it's unknown how other owners feel about shifting final say over the process from the referee to the league office, multiple league sources consistently have expressed concern about involving anyone not at the game site.

It's fair to be skeptical of the first half of that claim until it is proven in actual practice. He noted that the league's teams will vote on whether to centralize instant replay (like in college football or the NBA) to speed up that process, which now requires the head official to run over to a booth and conduct the review, and improve the consistency of calls on replay.

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