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Financial security is paramount


The NFL announced some potential changes to their oft-maligned overtime format, but is that the most pressing issue Roger Goodell's committee needs to address? That all depends. All I know is if the NFL would introduce a rookie salary cap or some other kind of limiting wage scale, eliminating the need for misguided holdouts; I wouldn't be the only one who's happy.

Veteran players would be ecstatic.

However, I'm not entirely sure the wage scale for rookies represents the most pressing item facing the NFL either. There's also talk about a new collective bargaining agreement, and if the on-field product is altered, delayed or filled full of scabs because of a disagreement between the Players Union and the owners, worrying about which team wins the coin toss for the overtime period will be the least of their worries.

With that in mind, making sure the league's financial security is insured going forward - be it through rookie wage scales or a sparkling new collective bargaining agreement - should be the primary concern of Goodell and his crew.

As for overtime, yes, I understand the desire to alter the overtime period, but then again, I've always been a fan of sudden death situations in sports. As it stands now, if you don't want to lose in overtime, play defense and stop your opponents from scoring.

That concept's different from a non-sudden death situation how?

Sure, the game ends on a score, but the concept of playing defense and getting opposing offenses off the field stays the same. In fact, you could argue the idea of sudden death should inspire defenses that much more.

That being said, I understand the idea of giving teams one last chance if their opponents score anything but a touchdown (going by the proposed changes); especially when said team has a player like Brett Favre on its sidelines. Like it or not, the NFL gauge moves even more when a player like Favre is attached to a game. With that in mind, the NFL altering their rules to "protect" their individual commodities makes sense.

Nevertheless, if the NFL experiences any kind of strike or lockout due to grown men arguing over money, then they deserve whatever negative backlash they receive. Looking at some of the numbers, it certainly appears as if there's plenty of cash to go around.

By Chris Richardson  |  March 2, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  | Category:  Competition Committee , NFL , NFL Rules , Overtime , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Here's an incentive to eliminate overtime - a tie equals a loss in the standings. That'll get the players working.

Posted by: therev1 | March 7, 2010 8:26 AM

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