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NFL Follows Democrats Towards Removing Chance From Things That Matter

March 23, 2010

The NFL today changed its overtime policy in playoff games to remove the some of the chance that is present in games that are tied at regulation. Specifically, if the team that wins the toss (and presumably receives the ball) scores a field goal on the ensuing drive, the game will not end, as was previously the case. Instead, the opposing team will receive the ball and have a chance to score themselves. If the opposing team kicks a field goal, the next team to score will win the game. If the opposing team scores a touchdown, they will win the game. On the other hand, if the team that originally won the toss and received the ball scores a touchdown on the ensuing drive, they will win the game.

The problem here was that 60% of teams that won the toss ended up winning the game. Obviously, it’s not an extremely dramatic percentage but it is a significant distortion. The current chance also won’t completely remove the toss-winning teams advantage. However, like healthcare reform, it’s better than the current system.

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