According to Judy Battista of NFL.com, franchise owners will be voting next week whether to reduce Overtime from 15 minutes of play down to just 10.
In order for this to happen, it will need to be approved by 24 of 32 owners and if they’re all agreed on making the change happen, it will be in effect for the start of the new season.
Owners chose to take a ‘no vote’ back at the annual league meeting in Phoenix but that left the possibility open for the upcoming meeting in Chicago on May 23rd.
Could this mean we start to see a few more tie games in the NFL?
There has been no real explanation of why the league are considering to reduce overtime from 15 minutes to just 10 but it is thought that it is due to the strain on teams that may have a short week after a potential 5-quarter game.
Majority of coaches are in favour of this new rule, so we can expect to see the odds shortening on Overtime betting for next season.
Tied games in the NFL have been somewhat of a rarity in previous years, but that changed in 2016.
During the 2016 season there were back-to-back tie games for the first time in nearly two decades and we got too witness the second one here in the UK.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins played out a draw at Wembley Stadium last year and it marked the first tie game outside of the United States – the game finished 27–27. Neither team were able to score in the overtime period with Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins missing a 34-yard field goal that could have won his team the game.
From a neutral perspective, it would be great to see more drama like this in the dying minutes. For fans of teams visiting London this year, they would say different!