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What's on tap for the NFL owners meetings

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Expanding game day rosters will be one of the topics NFL owners will discuss at their annual meetings.

When the NFL Owners Meetings begin on Monday there will be a laundry list of topics that will be discussed and voted on. Steelers President Art Rooney II gave a preview of what will be on the agenda, including improving officiating as well as playoff expansion.

There are a few other items that will be on the docket as well, including the following.

Game day rosters: There is a proposal by the NFL Competition Committee increase the number of active list players for regular season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday from 46 to 49, excluding opening weekend.

“I’d prefer to see us have the same rules for every game,” said Rooney. “We will listen to what the proposal is, but I think I’d still prefer that we have the same rules. We are not necessarily opposed to looking at expanding the roster at some point. But there is a lot that goes into that. It will be something that requires a lot of discussion.”

Raising the goalpost: Another proposal is to extend the goal posts an additional five feet about the cross bar, from 30 to 35 feet.  

“I don’t have a strong position on that one way or the other,” said Rooney. “I am not sure I see a great need for it but I am not necessarily all that worried about it either.”

Kicking it off: The NFL moved kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line several years ago and now the proposal is to move it to the 40-yard line. The reason is for player safety, creating more touchbacks and fewer collisions on kickoff returns.

“I think I am satisfied with where it is now,” said Rooney. “It has worked. As I understand it, one of the impacts was to reduce the number of concussions. We have reduced the number of players that’s happened to, so I am not sure that we need to change it.”

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