NFL Owners Tweak Rules at League Meeting

But reseeding playoff teams to give priority to best records is tabled
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:46 PM CDT
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions at the end of the NFL owners' meeting in this May 22, 2007 file photo in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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(Newser) – The NFL owners have tabled a proposal that would reseed the playoffs and allow wildcard teams to host a playoff game. Many didn’t support the motion because they feel division winners should be rewarded. "I do believe if you win a division, it's good for your fans to know you will have a home game," said Patriots owner Robert Kraft, reports ESPN.

The owners also passed several proposals at the meeting, including recommendations that force-outs be eliminated, winners of the coin-toss be allowed to defer, instant replay be used to review certain field goals, direct snaps from center that go backwards be treated as fumbles rather than false starts and the 5-yard facemask penalty be eliminated.