Sport Rule change to expand role of replay official expected to pass for 2021 season, per report
NFL eyeing onsite offseason workouts; NFLPA prefers virtual setup
The NFL indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020. However, the union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year.As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.
The "Sky Judge" may not be making its way into the NFL in 2021, but the league may be taking strides in that direction. According to, the have withdrawn their proposal to add an eighth official to oversee the game on video in a booth. However, Pelissero notes that the competition committee's proposal for expanded booth-to-ref communication with video is gaining strong support and is likely to pass when owners vote on it next week.
As it relates to this expansion proposal, the replay official and designated members of the officiating department may consult with on-field officials to help "advise the game officials on specific, objective aspects of a play when clear and obvious video evidence is present" outside of a replay-review scenario. This includes penalty enforcement, the proper down, spot of a foul, game clock, possession completed or intercepted pass, and so on. However, it is important to note that the replay official cannot throw or pick up a flag under this proposal.
Phillies likely done spending for now
Whether the Phillies should trifle over surpassing the luxury tax by a million or two is certainly worth the question, but it’s not a level of spending they’ve breached in the past. © Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Jul 12, 2018; Philadelphia Phillies hats await use during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. If they are using that line as a soft cap, there won’t be much flexibility even for a mid-season acquisition.
Along with this potential change, Pelissero adds thatalso has strong support. Under this proposal, running backs, tight ends, fullbacks and receivers would be able to wear numbers 1-49 and 80-89. Meanwhile, offensive lineman could wear No. 50-79 and defensive linemen could don No. 50-79 and 90-99. As for linebackers, they could then wear 1-59 and 90-99.
One proposal that isby owners is the fourth-and-15 alternative to an onside kick.
All of these proposals are expected to be voted on next Wednesday and require 75% approval by the owners to be enacted.
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