NFL Overtime Rules Won’t Change


Published: April 8, 2009

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... Rich McKay, speaking on a national conference call, said there will be no adjustment to the current overtime rules. The committee met for 10 days in Naples, Fla., and after consulting players and conducting a leaguewide survey of the 32 clubs, there wasn't enough support to make any proposal to change the current overtime rules, which were created to minimize the chance of ties.

There has been a recent push by fans for each team to have a possession in overtime. Players expressed concerns about safety issues if the current rules were to be changed. McKay said there has been a growing concern about the increasing number of games decided on the first possession after the overtime coin toss.

In 2008, the team that won the coin toss also won the game on the first overtime series 43.4 percent of the time. Overall, the team that won the coin toss also won the game 63 percent of the time regardless of the number of overtime possessions.

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