I'm beginning to think that the National Football League has forgotten that football as a game is entertainment.
NFL Plans To Crack Down On Excessive Celebrations This Season
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Beware the military salute!I've watched pro-football for years, my Dad was a big fan also, and sometimes the best part of some games was the end zone celebrations. (Detroit Lions Thanksgiving games come to mind before Dallas started playing them too.)
The National Football League will reportedly be cracking down on excessive celebrations and taunting this upcoming season.
Pro Football Talk reports that that referees working training camps have been warning players about celebrating too much.
The taunting rule is nothing new in the NFL, but what some critics have dubbed the “No Fun League,” officials will now go a step further to enforce the rule.
The NFL rule book states that a team will be penalized a loss of 15 yards if a player commits these acts: “sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; spinning the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing.”~snip~
Sure it was irritating when the Raiders or San Diego got a touch down and celebrated but really, over the last few years how often was that?
If the league sucks to much fun out of the game they may lose their audience and all the fans will have left is gossiping about baby daddies and gang tats.