Former NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino advocated for the league to abolish overtime.
Blandino was hired by FOX to work as its rules analyst for both NCAA and NFL games next season.
During the annual league meetings, NFL owners voted to reduce overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during both preseason and regular-season contests. Blandino – who was formally hired by FOX in June – appeared to disagree with the amendment, and said he was in favor of abolishing overtime completely.
“We did talk about that,” Blandino said via John Breech of CBS Sports. “I think there would be some serious backlash from the fans if we got rid of overtime … but when you really break it down and you say, ‘OK, you’ve got to play to win in regulation,’ I think ultimately that would be a good thing.”
Blandino provided some insight into the discussions leading up to the rule amendment.
“We started talking about overtime and reducing it from 15 to 10 because we were worried about additional snaps, players playing a full quarter more of football and then potentially having to go play on Thursday,” Blandino said. “Well, if we’re worried about player safety, then eliminate overtime and play to win in regulation. It would make the last two minutes that much more exciting.”
Blandino will now be operating in the booth and will likely provide his strong opinion on how overtime should be conducted in his new role this fall.
– With h/t to CBS Sports
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