National Football League shortens overtime to 10 minutes

Posted May 27, 2017

For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long.

The NFL owners have removed the 75-man roster, meaning teams will go from 90 players to 53 in one massive cutdown day, as per Ian Rapoport. Instead of one round of cuts after their third preseason game and then their final cuts coming after the fourth preseason game, all of the Vikings' roster reduction moves will now happen after their fourth and final game of the preseason.

The result could be more games ending in ties.

The post National Football League owners make changes to overtime, rosters, and celebrations appeared first on Cover32. "Had those games ended five minutes earlier, like these new rules state, there would have been 16 ties".

The NFL would have needed to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons. "We are grateful to the many current and retired players who engaged with us on this topic and we look forward to ongoing dialogue with them as we continue to work to improve this game we all love". This ensures more players will get an opportunity to make a team's roster. Goodell said offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.

In addition to the overtime changes, the league also announced there will be one - not two - roster-cut deadlines, teams will be allowed to return two players from injured reserve, and officials will no longer be penalizing most touchdown celebrations.

Using the football as a prop would now be allowed, as would group celebrations involving teammates or celebrating on the ground, such as making a "snow angel" or crawling.

Postseason games are unaffected, and other overtime rules remain unchanged.

At the Spring League Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, one of the biggest changes NFL owners approved is to eliminate the first roster cut-down period, which used to force teams to trim their roster to 75 before the final preseason game.

New York Giants' Ereck Flowers (74) watches as wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) pretends to take photos of wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) dancing in the end zone.

Overtime was also changed to a shorter period.

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