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When team owners meet next week in Phoenix, the NFL Competition Committee will vote on 24 proposed changes to the playing rules, four proposed amendments to the league’s constitution and bylaws, and one resolution that would amend the policies on retractable roofs.
Before the 2015 National Scouting Combine in February, the Competition Committee and league experts started discussing possible rules changes and ways of protecting players from unnecessary risks. At the beginning of March, the committee reconvened to review suggestions, to hear and address concerns from key stakeholders, and to comb through hours of video.
During the owners’ March 22–25 meetings, the Competition Committee will present the proposed changes to the league’s 32 owners for debate and ultimately a vote. All proposals must be approved by 75 percent (24) of the owners to be adopted.
The NFL’s process for modifying or adopting rules and regulations is systematic and consensus-oriented. The deliberative process takes into consideration the input of experts, clubs, players, league committees, the NFL Players Association and others.
Of the proposed modifications, 13 would affect the instant replay review process:
Two proposals would affect the PAT process:
The Competition Committee recommended six changes:
In addition to rules of the game, the owners will vote on four proposed amendments to the league’s bylaws:
A resolution would put in place, for one year, policies allowing teams whose stadiums have retractable roofs to open those roofs for the second half of a game if the roofs were closed in the first half.
Follow Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations (@TroyVincent23), Dean Blandino, vice president of officiating (@DeanBlandino) and NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) on Twitter for updates.