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NFL unanimously passes new catch rule, 32-0

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The NFL finally made up their mind after the migraine-inducing complaints from fans, coaches, players and broadcasters. An adjustment on the NFL’s catch rule was voted upon today, passing unanimously, 32-0.

The new rules, courtesy of

  1. Control of the ball
  2. Two feet down or another body part
  3. A football move, such as:
    a. A third step;
    b. Reaching/extending for the line-to-gain;
    c. Or the ability to perform such an act.

What’s important in this change, as this feels rather similar to the old rules, is the ‘going-to-the-ground” component.

I highly doubt this will quell the complaints of, “What is a catch?”, as it’s never going to be perfect in this high-speed, high-impact sport. Hopefully, though, it does mitigate most issues.

Finally, the catch rule was not the only rule change voted upon and passed today, as six other rules and bylaws were adopted by the Competition Committee. Good news, they have not yet taken away kickoffs.