November 14, 2012

No winners, no losers in the NFL: The tie that grinds

While many consider ties useless at the NFL level, there is no effort to change the rule after St. Louis and San Francisco finish at 24-24.

By Dave Campbell / The Associated Press

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Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker
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Greg Zuerlein, kicker of the St. Louis Rams, tries to direct an errant field-goal attempt during overtime of Sunday’s 24-24 tie with San Francisco.

The Associated Press

Anderson said the NFL's competition committee will consider the overtime rules annually, but in a league where injuries are common the likelihood of a change is slim.

"To have these guys going into an additional overtime period or more, we would be taking on some risk we don't think is prudent to take on," Anderson said.

The NFL Players Association didn't respond to a request for comment.

Another factor working against a change is game quality. With the promise of endless overtimes if necessary to determine a winner, teams could be tempted to play conservatively down the stretch and bog a contest down in safe runs and punts.

There's also the stake the television networks have in this multi-billion-dollar business to consider. CBS and Fox already have to push back lucrative Sunday night shows if games run long during the afternoon. The possibility – even if it's an improbability – of a three-overtime game, then, is not ideal for them even though they'd undoubtedly keep fans glued to their sets for more time in that scenario.

Anderson said the NFL has not sought opinion from the networks on the potential of a format switch, though he said of squeezed programming, "I am sure those are legitimate concerns."

Anderson said player health and safety is the driver of such discussions.

 

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