On Tuesday, NFL team owners approved shortening overtime for the upcoming season from 15 to 10 minutes. With that ruling, many of us fans wonder what the point of this change even was. NFL OT has long been a topic of discussion for fans fonder of the college model as well as those who just think it is plain stupid to end in ties, I’m here to tell you that this is all a ploy to keep the multi-billion-dollar fantasy football industry, stable.
First of all, ties suck, we all know that. But the NFL could give a shit if there are ties, they love the parity of it all, and one could argue that ties are the most extreme form of parity there is. The real reason the NFL won’t change their questionable OT rules to the ever-beloved college OT system is simply based on the business of Fantasy Football.
What has grown to become a multi-billion-dollar industry; Fantasy Football is a cash cow for the NFL, and something that has also been an instrumental part of their ratings. This extremely stable business, would absolutely be altered if the College OT Rules came to the NFL.
Although the amount of OT games in the NFL each year is relatively low in the grand scheme of it all (13 games in 2016), it can still greatly affect the Fantasy game. If a QB has 2 TD’s during regulation, let’s say he finishes regulation with 16 fantasy points, college OT rules give him a great possibility to double his fantasy numbers he’s had during the game so far. Let’s say in this scenario, the game goes to 2 OT’s (pretty normal in college). That means two scoring opportunities from the 25, should be easy to assume that since they are NFL players they should be able to get a score easier than college so that can easily be 8-12+ extra fantasy points that wouldn’t necessarily be there with the rules in place now. If the NFL had college OT rules, you could assume that the games would actually be going longer since teams would go score for score with each other thus resulting in more OTs.
Each fantasy year, the playoffs are the goal. The real money maker, like any real sports league, the championship is the ultimate mission, and just like the NFL playoffs, the fantasy playoffs can also be decided by one game or matchup. Imagine in 10 of the 17 weeks of the NFL season, at least 1-2 teams in your fantasy leagues getting automatic wins based off of essentially more playing time. Seems a bit like nothing but, that’s what the NFL and Roger Goodell love to fuck with
Here’s to the Evil Genius that is Roger Goodell, on his quest to make the NFL a $25 Billion per year business.
Cheers to you Rog.
Give us some fun OT games.