The NFL team owners meet four times a year to discuss changes and ways to improve the league. Many sources report that a very important proposal will come up in next week's meetings, which are held in Chicago starting on Monday, May 22.
This new rule could have a significant impact on the games: the NFL admitted it could increase the number of ties in a season. However, playing a 15-minute overtime can be a "real disadvantage" when you have to play a Thursday game after a Sunday game.
Former NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino, commented on the issue in March:
"There's no question that when you shorten that overtime period, the potential for ties increase. And I don't think we feel that ties are necessarily a bad thing. They're certainly great for tiebreakers when it comes to postseason. But ultimately you want to have a winner in the game. But it's about player safety. And it's about the number of snaps that our players have to take part in in overtime games."
According to CBS Sports, "the proposal was raised at the owner's meeting in March, but was tabled at the time." For a proposal to be accepted, it has to get a "yes" vote from 75 percent of the owners, which means 24 out of 32.
Source: CBS Sports · Photo Credit: Keystone Press