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A Solution for Overtime in the NFL
The hot new debate this year revolves around overtime. While most people are looking at the coin toss, or implementing a college-style overtime system, I have a better proposal.
Eliminate overtime completely in regular season and pre-season games.
Overtime was introduced into the playoff rules in 1941, and added to the pre-season in 1955. In 1974, the rule was changed to allow for only a single sudden-death overtime period in regular and pre-season games. During the playoffs, the timing rules are reset to the first quarter (3 timeouts) while the regular and pre-season games replay the fourth quarter with only two timeouts awarded.
Already, there are subtle differences between playoff overtime and regular season overtime. For our purposes, let's just talk about the regular season for now.
Why Regular Season Overtime Should Be Eliminated
How The Standings Would Have Changed
Let's just go back an assume that the other 24 overtime games contested during the regular season ended as ties, not as wins or losses. While Cincinnati would still be the team on the clock right now, the playoff scenarios would have changed drastically. In the AFC, Miami would have won the East, and the two wild card teams would have been Indianapolis and Denver. In the NFC, nothing would have changed New Orleans would still miss by a half game because Atlanta would have gone 8-4-4 rather than 9-6-1 (Atlanta also beat New Orleans twice head-to-head).
But I believe that the playoffs could have been drastically altered. New Orleans would have not been playing for overtime against the Vikings; other defenses may have "butched" up a little for the ends of games. Teams would have not played the prevent in games they were up by three, or by seven or by eight.
During week one of the regular season, there were three overtime games. They took between 3:25 and 3:41 to play the shortest ending on a kickoff return by the Jets to start it out. By contrast, all of the rest of the games took under 3:25. Seven took 3 hours or under. San Francisco and San Diego took 3:53 to complete a regular game and 11 minutes of overtime in week 11. The Pittsburgh-Atlanta tie took 4:07. It must drive the networks absolutely batty when these games head into overtime. But it should also drive the teams nuts as well.
Economically, regular-season overtime is unfeasible
If an early game heads into overtime, it tromps over the afternoon game. While the broadcasters do have "emergency" commercials ready, from what I understand these commercials earn less than the game time ads. Oftentimes, the networks are running PSAs or keep coverage live because they run out of backup ads if overtime drags on. The second game revenue gets sapped, since the second game can't be seen in all markets. Annoucers have already run out of interesting material by the beginning of the fourth quarter; overtime announcing sometimes just gets plain loopy. But the stadiums also don't see a burst in revenue. The period between overtimes is supposed to be two to three minutes; hardly equal to halftime. Fans will stay in their seats rather than shopping. Post-game shopping revenue is probably lower as well, since sitting for the extra half-hour to hour doesn't exactly inspire folks to linger, but to get out of the stadium.
The increase in the number of injury possibilities, mentioned above, also hurt a team. Players get paid injured or not. Having your marquee player on the field and not in physical therapy is the goal.
Why Pre-Season Overtime Should Be Eliminated
Dear lord, pre-season overtime should just be another euphemism for "injury settlement". By the time the fourth quarter rolls around in the already too numerous pre-season football games, you have mostly players vying to be the final man on the squad. Many of these guys would have a hard time making the CFL, let alone the NFL. Overtime just exacerbates the possibility for "career-ending" injuries. Most of these guys were to be cut anyway; having to pay an injury settlement to someone who was going to be shown the door anyway just points a bad finger at the league. Except for the families for these sixth-stringers and Bengals fans desperate for a win of any kind, most fans have left the pre-season games well before they end. The games are meaningless, don't pick at the wound by making them longer too.
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