Section 2 Extraordinarily Unfair Acts
Article 1 The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or
corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game
which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional
football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.
NO CLUB PROTESTS
Article 2 The authority and measures provided for in this entire Section 2 do not constitute a protest
machinery for NFL clubs to avail themselves of in the event a dispute arises over the result of a game. The
investigation called for in this Section 2 will be conducted solely on the Commissioner’s initiative to review
an act or occurrence that he deems so extraordinary or unfair that the result of the game in question would
be inequitable to one of the participating teams. The Commissioner will not apply his authority in cases of
complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games
involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.
PENALTIES FOR UNFAIR ACTS
Article 3 The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and
draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of
a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the
extraordinary act occurred. In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the
procedures specified in Rule 17, Section 1, Articles 5 through 11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner
will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game videotape, and any
other procedure he deems appropriate.
I didn't realize this was gonna cause a player to lose part of their damned EAR.
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One thing I heard that I hope is not true, though is that the teams are taking advantage of the situation by actually fouling more and more often, expecting that the refs either won't see it, or that the other team will have an offsetting penalty. I may be more sensitive to it than before, but I do see much more grabbing, holding, hands to the face, etc. than last year. Not so much in the interior line, because there strictly is holding on every play, but downfield on the receivers and backs.
As for the Packers-Seattle game, I have no dog in the hunt, but it was painful to watch the game. At one stage, there were 4 plays in a row that had penalties. Either the refs are too strict, the players are consciously fouling, or the regular refs are too lenient and miss too much. Either way, I ended up turning the game off at 2:00 and coming back after it was over.
On Sunday, there were three games that went into overtime. No problem there, just an abberation. What was curious, was the fact that two of the games were still on TV after almost 4 hours. The first quarter of the late games were already played when they finished. This is where the networks are going to get loud and complain to the NFL about programming issues. The occasional late game is fine, but with the refs calling so many penalties, and taking so much time to clarify calls, the games are routinely going a half hour longer than normal. Though this could be a good thing for the networks, it wreaks havoc with their Sunday evening lineups.
Again, when the audience falls off and the ratings go down, the commissioner will act.
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