Can the UFL be a testing ground for the NFL?

UFL to attempt to distance itself from the NFL; will use modified OT system among other pretty cool changes.

7/9/09 in NFL   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

As many of you football fans out there know, there is an upstart football league that is about to begin its' inaugural season this fall.  The UFL will play their games on Friday nights, broadcast them on Versus, and provide no real competition to the NFL in any way, which is most definitely a good thing.  The UFL will feature four teams in the cities of New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, respectively, and will provide a sort of developmental league or the NFL as well as to give players a second chance at reviving their once-promising careers.

The UFL has recently came out with their rulebook, which could raise some eyebrows around the media world.  Overall, the rule changes aren’t revolutionary, but that could be the main point.  If the UFL wants to remain successful, it would be wise for it to remain close enough to the actual NFL that it is able to gain some crossover viewers and fans.  Without really changing the game in any significant manner, the UFL has tweaked some of the "No Fun League’s" most unpopular and scrutinized rules. 

Among the most significant of rule changes are :

1) UFL head coaches and QB's will be wired-for-sound, with the QB's on a tape-delayed basis for editing and possible play-calling.  With former NFL head coach Dennis Green moving over to the UFL, the league might be wise to have the coaches on a tape delay as well.

2) The ridiculous "Tuck Rule" will be done away with, unfortunately referee Walt Coleman will still get to keep his job though.  A quote from an article in the Pro Football Examiner titled “UFL gets rid of ridiculous tuck rule” reads as the following:

January 19, 2002. The Raiders seemingly beat the Patriots in a snowy playoff game in New England. Tom Brady fumbled the ball and Greg Biekert recovered it and Oakland was going to run out the clock. Then the world was introduced to the tuck rule.

After a lengthy review, that at the time didn’t seem to make any sense, referee Walt Coleman reversed the call that Brady had fumbled. When he announced his decision on the field, Coleman didn’t mention the tuck rule, instead saying that Brady’s arm was “going forward.” However, for all intensive purposes the tuck rule was invoked and the matchup is now known as the tuck rule game.

Even I have gotten over the rule and the call, but I think everyone can now admit that the rule is downright ridiculous.  Maybe the league is trying to win over some still bitter Oakland Raider fans with the decision.
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