Overtime only 10 minutes? National Football League competition committee to introduce proposal

NFL Competition Committee Reportedly to Suggest Suspension for Illegal Hits

Rule Changes Reportedly On The Docket For NFL's Annual Spring Meeting

Last year, the NFL's competition committee passed a rule in which players would be automatically ejected from a game if they received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The postseason would still operate with an overtime period that runs for 15 minutes. Team owners will have their annual meeting at the end of March to discuss potential league changes.

It is worth noting that the National Football League is not looking into changing the length of overtime in postseason games.

NFL Network's Judy Battista tweeted Monday that the committee will propose reducing both preseason and regular-season overtime periods from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

If a team eats seven or eight minutes of the clock just to kick the field goal that will guarantee the other team a possession, the other team isn't going to just start chuckling deep balls to try to win the game - they're going to try to manage the clock better to set themselves up for a long, game-tying field goal.

The NFL overtime rules are fresh in the minds of many fans, as the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons just went to an extra session in the last Super Bowl. This could be one of the main reasons that the proposal was presented, though it isn't guaranteed to pass once it reaches the voting stage. Would the owners agree with the players on this issue?

In addition, Battista reported the committee also will propose to have officials, probably the referee, to be phased in to full-time positions by 2020. Defenders are now permitted to jump over their opponents on such plays so long as they do not land on another player or use their hands or arms to gain leverage.

One of the biggest drawbacks to shortening the overtime periods is that more games could result in a tie.

Of course, the obvious downside to having a shorter overtime is that it would likely mean that we'd see more ties during the regular season. So, yes, if you love ties, this could be a good change for you.

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