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Goodell says proposed OT changes are 'worth consideration'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting Monday in Orlando, Fla., said the proposed playoff overtime rule passed by the league's competition committee is worth consideration.
"I think what the competition committee has been reviewing -- and I said this morning to the ownership -- don't let better get in the way of perfect," Goodell said during a news conference. "I'm not sure there is a perfect overtime system. What we've tried to look at is how do we design a system that will be appealing to our fans, first off, [and] that will stay true to the competitive integrity of our game. I think the competition committee has come up with something here that is very much worth consideration.
"It keeps, for one, the sudden-death nature of the game, which I think makes our system unique, and attractive. I love the idea that we're in a sudden-death scenario. And I think it's responsive to some of the issues that people have said in the past. I think there is a lot of consideration."
Goodell said he'd take part in a discussion with the full competition committee on Tuesday morning.
"It's getting a lot of thought," Goodell said. "It has the potential to be a better system."
Under the new format, if the team that starts overtime with the ball scores a touchdown, the game is over. If that team is held to a field goal, then the opposing team gets the ball. If the opponent scores a touchdown, the game is over. If they tie the game with a field goal, then the overtime turns to sudden death and the next team to score wins.
The modified overtime rule will be voted on by league owners this week. In order to pass, the measure needs 24 of 32 votes (75 percent success) when itís presented to full ownership.