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Competition committee to propose 10-min overtimes

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Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:21

Next week, the NFL League Meetings will occur in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to NFL Research, 22 of of the 83 overtime games that have been played since 2012 have gone on for more than 10 minutes, which means those games would've presumably ended in a tie if the new rule had already been implemented.

It's a weird solution proposed by the league, given that quarters are 15 minutes and that the Postseason overtime rules wouldn't change at all. Or why not eliminate the "both teams get a possession" rule?

If the rule does pass, it would be the second big change in five years.

A report on the NFL's website said the committee will propose trimming one-third of the total time teams have to avoid a draw in pre-season and regular season contests.

Here are other expected rule change proposals, per Maske.

All 32 National Football League owners will vote on any proposed rule change, with 24 votes required for passage.

These are just some of the proposals set to be brought up next week at the Annual League Meeting. If a team is forced to play an extra 15-minute period on Sunday, followed by another game four days later (on Thursday), then that team would be placed in a tough situation.

One potential rule change is altering the length of overtime for regular season and preseason games. Would the owners agree with the players on this issue? The Monday afternoon report indicates that the league will focus first on preparing just referees as full-time employees with the hope of transitioning additional officials roles in the near future. Some believe making them full-time would improve the quality of the officiating in the NFL. 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.

All this is going to do is create more ties, while not actually changing the style of play in overtime.