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Old 21 March 2018, 12:06 AM
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Default Brand New Football League Set To Debut In 2019 With Some Interesting Twists On Rules

The football world has been giddy for the past couple of months at the thought of the return of the XFL in 2020. Turns out, they’re going to be beaten by the punch.

Charlie Ebersol — son of former longtime NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol — will be launching the Alliance of American Football along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, as reported Tuesday by ESPN and The Associated Press. The league will air its first game in less than a year, on Feb. 9 of 2019.

While the prospect of an additional football season which immediately follows the Super Bowl is a welcome idea for fans, what really stands out are some rule variations that could end up making the biggest impact on the sport.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/03/2...ists-on-rules/
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Old 21 March 2018, 01:20 AM
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Makes me wonder if former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant has had any imput. That elimination of the extra point attempt, being replaced by one shot at a two point conversion idea was one he talked about in a local daily blab article published approx 5 years ago. He said that it's become so automatic, it's just a waste of time.

He also promoted the idea of eliminating the fair catch on kickoffs and punts.
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Old 21 March 2018, 06:10 AM
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Since they do away with both extra points and kickoffs, the place kicker will have quite a bit less to do, but I guess they'll still need him for field goals. They didn't say, but I assume punts will still be there.

In a way I think it's a shame to lose the kickoff, as they always have a potential for excitement. But if it speeds things up and reduces injuries, I suppose it's a good thing.

I'm wondering if San Diego will be trying to get one of the franchises, since the Chargers abandoned us. There's been talk about getting a major-league soccer team, but I don't know if it's going anywhere.
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Old 21 March 2018, 04:35 PM
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Kickoffs are one of the most dangerous plays. You have people running full speed from opposite ends of the field, and so you get a much higher likelihood of high speed collisions. This is a big part of why the NFL moved a touchback to the 25, to make running it out of the end zone a worse idea than the touchback.
Eliminating fair catches is a colossally bad idea. Best case scenario, it means that a whole lot of punts that are currently caught with a fair catch will be allowed to drop, and we have to wait through the ball rolling to a stop. That is a benefit to defenses, as it will mean that punts end up going longer. Worst case scenario, the number of injuries goes way up as returners still catch the ball and get creamed right after.
I would say, if they are going down this path, get rid of kicking. You either get a first down, or you turn the ball over after four downs. That would speed things up, reduce some injuries, and maybe end up with higher scoring games. It would also really break the minds of people who complain about it being called football already.
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Old 21 March 2018, 05:50 PM
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I could see some option like: on any play (or any fourth down, but I like "any play" better) you have the option of turning the ball over to the other team, in which case it will be moved, say, 20 yards forward (or half the distance to the goal, whichever is less). Not as much as you would normally expect from a punt, but not just handing it over where you stand.

It would still mean you'd have a decision to make on fourth down, but would probably result in more teams going for in on fourth.

Alternatively, rather than 20 yards/half the distance forward from the line of scrimmage, make it 20 yards from the point where you would earn the first down. That would make the advantage of turning it over on fourth and long a greater one, and the risk of going for it on fourth and short greater.

Darth: What about field goals? Get rid of them, too? Again a possible alternative: if you get the ball down within, say, 25 yards of the goal, you can just turn it over and take 3 points automatically. Less suspense, though. (And field goals are not as much of a problem as far as injuries go.)
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Unless American football goes the way of The Harlem Heroes, any minor changes like the ones described here are pretty meaningless, IMO
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Darth: What about field goals? Get rid of them, too? Again a possible alternative: if you get the ball down within, say, 25 yards of the goal, you can just turn it over and take 3 points automatically. Less suspense, though. (And field goals are not as much of a problem as far as injuries go.)
I'd get rid of them, still with the go for it or turn the ball over. You can score by a touchdown, two point conversion, or a safety. Not that I think this is a great way to improve football, but just because it seems that if you are going to eliminate the extra point and the kickoff, why not just go all the way and eliminate the need for a kicker?
I can get behind the intentional turn over to push them back.

Crius - how about Cyberball? It was supposed to be 2022 - where are my robot football players and exploding balls?
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