NFL Competition Committee proposes cutting overtime to ten minutes

Doug Mendoza
March 21, 2017

It's nearly the time of year when the NFL Competition Committee meets in Arizona to propose possible changes for the upcoming season.

In addition to full-time officials, the committee will also propose shorter overtime periods for the preseason and regular season, cutting them down from 15 minutes to 10.

According to, the competition committee is set to propose a rule at the league's annual Spring meeting that would reduce the length of overtime.

However, under the possible change, 15-minute overtime periods would remain in place for playoff games.

Additionally, shortening the overtime period would have the potential impact of slightly shortening what is already a long game to watch. Recently, the league also shifted the overtime rules to make sure that each team has an opportunity to score.

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Among the other proposals on the docket according to The Post were automatic suspensions for players on particularly egregious hits and having replay rulings determined by league officiating members in NY.

With both teams getting a possession in most games that went to overtime, the 2012 rule change dramatically increased the number of ties in the NFL.

According to Judy Battista, the National Football League is looking to make overtime shorter because it feels that teams who play in a regular season overtime game and then play in a Thursday night game, three to four days later, are at a disadvantage. 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. 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.

All this is going to do is create more ties, while not actually changing the style of play in overtime. The downside of the proposal is that there could be more ties during the regular season.

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