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Report: Competition Committee approves OT proposal

The latest out of the NFL Annual Meeting Sunday is that the competition committee has voted to approve the proposal for the overtime rule changes, according to the Boston Globe. The modified overtime rule will be voted on by league owners this week.

We don't have confirmation yet on how the eight-member committee (Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Falcons president Rich McKay, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Giants president and CEO John Mara, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, Colts president Bill Polian and Texans GM Rick Smith) voted, although Newsday's Bob Glauber and Judy Battista of the New York Times reported it was 6-2, with Battista noting Lewis and Newsome opposed.

In order to pass, the measure needs 24 of 32 votes (75 percent success) when it's presented to full ownership.

Here are some of the stances we're reading teams taking on the proposed overtime rules:

  • Polian supports the changes, according to the Globe, citing the statistics since 1994.
  • The Lions are undecided about the new overtime proposal, according to Tom Kowalski of
  • Jud Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that while Vikings coach Brad Childress is undecided, indications are owner Zygi Wilf isn't in favor of the change.
  • Mara also supports the modified rule, but isn't optimistic it will pass among owners.
  • As a co-chairman of the committee and one of the minds behind the proposal, Fisher supports OT changes.
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