Owners Make Instant Replay Permanent, Reject Having Radio Receiver In One Defensive Player's Helmet
PHOENIX, Ariz.--The team owners voted here today to make instant replay a permanent NFL fixture.
The rule previously had been approved and renewed on a temporary basis. The owners voted, 30-2, to make it a permanent rule, with only the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals voting against it.
Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the competition committee, said teams now will install high-definition equipment in their stadiums for use by replay officials.
A proposal by the competition committee to enable one defensive player per team to have a radio receiver in his helmet connecting him to a coach during a game was defeated. The measure received 22 votes, but 24 were needed for approval. It was the second straight year that the measure was recommended by the competition committee but not enacted by the owners. It received 18 votes last year.
The owners today did approve a measure allowing an assistant coach on a team that reaches the Super Bowl to have second head coaching interviews with interested clubs during the bye week before the game.
The owners are to vote on other proposed rule changes, including one in which the kickoff in overtime would be moved from the 30- to the 35-yard line, on Wednesday. They won't vote on a proposal by the San Francisco 49ers to modify the pass interference rule to limit minor interference penalties to 15 yards. The 49ers withdrew the proposal, according to McKay.
By Mark Maske |
March 27, 2007; 3:34 PM ET
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