The NFL and Chief of Fun Police, Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced the league will be "relaxing" its rules on celebrations.
"We are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays," the NFL said in a statement on Tuesday.
It means a series of previously-banned celebrations will now be allowed after touchdowns.
These will include:
- Using a football as a prop
- Celebrating on the ground
- Group demonstrations
Celebrating on the ground suggests that snow angels are now allowed – what a time to be alive.
However, twerking is still not okay. Tom Pelissero of USA Today notes, that such acts as: miming weapons, sexually suggestive acts and offensive gestures are still banned.
Last year the NFL issued 29 unsportsmanlike penalties; while issuing $310,301 in fines.
It means that we could get scenes like this below (which is from the movie Baseketball, that mocks group celebrations).
Other rule changes
The NFL passed a new rule regarding overtime. Ian Rappoport of NFL.com reported, the league will move the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.
Team owners also voted to allow two players to return off the respective injured reserve list – it used to be just one.