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Seahawks and Bills propose rule change making officiating decisions reviewable

Seahawks and Bills propose rule change making officiating decisions reviewable

This year, they're joined by the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, each of whom are asking for the ability to challenge any penalty, not just the ones now allowed.

Replay proposals by teams ...

The NFL Players Association also favored banning the leaping play, McKay said, "given what they felt like was a danger to the leaper and the risk of injury".

There were a few other matters of note during yesterday's conference call.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items meant to reduce downtime during games.

"We want the players to celebrate, to be spontaneous", Vincent said.

The New England Patriots have been one of the NFL's more successful teams when it comes to leaping over the line of scrimmage to block extra points or field goals during the past two years, but their ability to do so might be negated due to a rule change. During a conference call with the league's competition committee, head of officiating Dean Blandino explained the rationale for wanting to eliminate the play.

Commissioner Rodger Goodell explained it in an open letter to fans Wednesday, saying the National Football League is considering changes based on fan feedback about the in-stadium and live National Football League game viewing experience.

The NFL on Thursday the list of rules changes being proposed for the 2017 season, all of which will be debated by the Competition Committee during the league meetings next week. "With our partners, we will be looking to instead focus on content that is most complementary and compelling to you-whether that is analysis, highlights or stories about our players".

"It's certainly a concern", Blandino said of some referees quitting.

"We're also looking to just find more efficiencies in some of the discretionary areas of game administration which includes getting in and out of TV breaks, penalty enforcement, replay administration and just being as efficient as possible in those areas", Blandino said.

"We've seen several examples where players have been flipped over and landed on their head, their neck", he said.

Most other competition committee proposals are geared to help speed up the game, including after-touchdown conversions.

The proposal involves increasing the clock time from 12 minutes to 13 minutes, 30 seconds. The owners approved proposals to place the football at the 25-yard line on touchbacks on kickoffs, and to eject any player penalized twice in the same game for unsportsmanlike conduct previous year.

Halftime will be expanded from 12 minutes to 13:30, but the clock will start immediately, instead of waiting for teams to return to their locker rooms, which the National Football League said will standardize the length of the intermission for fans and home viewers. Four were by Philadelphia, two by Washington and one was a Buffalo/Seattle joint proposal.

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