Say what you want, but you can no longer call the NFL the ‘No Fun League.’ Today the word on the e-streets is that The NFL Is Encouraging Players To Celebrate. Yes, you read that right, The NFL Is Encouraging Players To Celebrate. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Tuesday morning that stated: “Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays.”
He went on to add that “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.” This means that plays can use the ball as a prop after a touchdown, partake in “group demonstrations,” and celebrate on the ground. Goodell continued, stating: “In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.” Good move? Bad Move? Or does this really matter? Let us know your thoughts on the new rules below and stay tuned for more from the NFL coming soon!
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