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NFL owners vote to keep preseason overtime, for some reason

Though the final score of preseason games has no bearing on how teams perform, the NFL owners have elected to allow those contests to go into overtime.

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Despite an apparent groundswell of support, the NFL owners voted against Washington's proposal that would have eliminated overtime periods during the preseason. At least for another year, teams must work around the prospect of additional time during the league's exhibition games.

There has been talk in recent years of reducing the number of preseason games. Important players get hurt, affecting the regular season in a big way, and there's only so much information coaches need prior to the start of the season. The exhibition season is valuable, but the final score is not. The league has no incentive to allow preseason games to reach overtime, but it has chosen to continue the practice anyway.

It seems, to this point, that the only thing standing in the way of eliminating some preseason games is the fact that the league and owners would lose out on revenue from fans attending and purchasing food, drink and memorabilia while at the stadium.

But even more maddening than the concept of four preseason games is the thought that the final score has any bearing on anything whatsoever, and that the game would need to be extended an extra period to determine who actually gets to win. Dragging a preseason game on is a pointless endeavor, but it's one the NFL is keeping around for now.

Other team proposals, including the Baltimore Ravens' suggestion to make normally ineligible receivers wear pinnies, failed to pass. Last season, the team ran a screen play with offensive lineman John Urschel acting as the receiver, but the officials missed Urschel reporting as eligible. The pinnie proposal sought to prevent such issues from happening in the future. None of the other nine team proposals passed, though the Ravens' bid to give each team three challenges and to expand reviewable plays has been tabled until May.

In all, only seven proposals became rules, such as the longer extra point becoming permanent and the elimination of all chop blocks.