The ‘No Fun League,’ Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

The 40-second play clock will begin once an official signals a touchdown and teams will have to snap the ball for their extra-point play by the end of the clock. The Associated Press reports:

“There is no set time limit on how long such celebrations can continue. Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that the moniker “No Fun League” had been thrown around since he was an intern in the league office. Fans have long wanted the NFL to lighten up. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. But the league isn’t getting carried away either — it will still penalize any celebration deemed offensive or in bad taste, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons. Copyright 2017 NPR. It was originally scheduled to be played in Los Angeles, but construction of the new stadium in Inglewood, Calif., has endured delays because of unusually wet weather. The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations. To see more, visit Owners cut the overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes for all games. For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long. “League officials will review celebrations during the preseason and anticipate providing guidance as the regular season progresses. Washington’s Josh Norman was fined last season for using a bow and arrow gesture. Coaches were concerned that too many players were exhausted and risked injuries at the end of the extra period. Former player Jon Runyan, who is in charge of on-field disciplinary actions, will decide the fines. LA will now host the Super Bowl in 2022. Two other former players, Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear appeals for players.”

In Chicago for their annual spring meeting, NFL owners also announced changes to the overtime period and the Super Bowl hosting schedule. The rules have been loosened for the 2017 season — allowing players to again use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground if they like. The change will include all preseason, regular season and playoff games — postseason games cannot end in ties. Goodell also said he was looking forward to seeing what players would do with their new-found freedom of expression. And, the league announced a shift to its upcoming Super Bowl hosting schedule — Tampa Bay now has the 2021 game.