The NFL is the most popular sport in the United States. With that in mind, many people jumped to criticize the league for changing its overtime rules, including the notion that both teams must be guaranteed the opportunity to score with the exception of a touchdown on the first possession of the extra frame.
Now, though, there is yet another proposed rule change that would affect overtime and this one might be even more chaotic.
As you may expect, there are people on both sides of the argument for and against this change. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is opposed on the basis that it “will result in more ties” and “won’t necessarily result in significantly fewer plays from scrimmage.” On the flip side, the argument for the change would be to cut down on additional playing time for teams with quick turnarounds (i.e. for Thursday night games) and it could increase excitement.
The end result, though, could simply be increased randomness, as less football means more likelihood of the “wrong” team being victorious. In the same breath, it could be argued that the rules are already nonsensical and this could be tweaking for the sake of tweaking. Regardless, it appears to be likely. Let the over-analysis begin.