Overtime shifts to ‘modified sudden death’

It was a solution looking for a problem. In 1941, the NFL adopted the sudden-death overtime into the rulebook, initially to break ties only in divisional playoff games (at that time divisional playoffs were similar to baseball's one-game playoff). It was expanded to include the league championship (actually, all postseason games,

Gang Green is Yellow, adding 5 to ‘field’; Trip perp fined $25K, suspended for ’10

The Jets, in consultation with the NFL, assessed a watered-down punishment on Sal Alosi, a trainer who tripped Dolphins special-teams player Nolan Carroll. According to the team, he has been suspended for the remainder of the season, including the postseason, and fined $25,000. He was not fired. The lower amount of his

Umpire position moved starting with Hall of Fame game

The NFL has ramped up its policy on avoiding concussions, and the policy has not excluded the referees. With high speed collisions involving the umpire position, the NFL has permanently moved the umpire to the offensive backfield, nine years after a pilot program of the switch was tried in the

If you must change OT …

NFL OWNERS APPROVE 'MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH' We think that the overtime format, more than 50 years removed from its first use with no modification, has worked just fine. However, if we were on the Competition Committee—and we had to make a modification to overtime—we would have considered the following proposals before

Created controversy causes Competition Committee to cave

NFL OWNERS APPROVE 'MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH' The Competition Committee moved on changing the dynamic of postseason overtime on a nonexistent platform: field position after a kickoff gives a short field for an easy put-the-game-away field goal. In postseason play, this situation has happened only three times. Yes, only three times has a

Consequences of modifed sudden death

NFL OWNERS APPROVE 'MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH' Unintended consequences of the new rule (that we see) are: Overtime can end on an unspectacular loss on downs, or worse, a measurement. Now, imagine a team is short on fourth down by measurement, the other team begins to celebrate a win, and the replay booth challenges the

NFL APPROVES EXTRA-INNINGS OT

1st major modification in league history Yes, that headline is screaming. And for good reason. The NFL now can't simply resolve a tie game much like Major League Baseball (if necessary, play till 5 a.m. to resolve .006  percentage points in the standings), the NHL (after five minutes, go to a