King: OT reform to be talked about again in Dallas at Owners Meeting

While it seems the buzz over the upcoming one day owners meeting in Dallas on Tuesday is all about the city of New Jersey/New York getting the Super Bowl in 2014, Peter King of SI reports today that the new Overtime reform will also be talked about, and there’s a shot they could vote it into play for the regular season as well.

On the overtime reform vote that could happen at the one-day NFL spring meeting in Dallas Tuesday: The modified overtime system, which guarantees a possession for both teams in overtime barring a touchdown or safety on the first possession, was approved for the playoffs-only at the NFL meetings in Florida two months ago. Now there’s a push to get the system in for the regular season in 2010 too.

I’m told if the vote doesn’t happen, it’ll be more because Roger Goodell doesn’t want to inflame passions with the players as negotiations for a new CBA hang in the balance than because of all the other reasons being floated. I’ve heard them all over the past few days — that a vote may not be called because the Competition Committee and Goodell don’t have the votes to pass it, that the network TV partners aren’t enchanted with the possible delays, especially in the Sunday afternoon games (there’s some truth to this), and that some teams feel they’re being rushed into something (there’s less truth to that).

I think fans would love to see the playoff OT reform be put in place for the regular season, but my guess is it won’t happen till at least next season.


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