Director Of Officiating: You Use The Ball As A Prop, You Will Pay The Price

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It looks like the “No Fun League” is going back out on tour.

NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino went on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday and explained that the league will ban goalpost dunking.

“We put in a rule about five (or) six years ago in terms of using the ball as a prop, and we grandfathered in the Lambeau leap and things like that. But dunking will come out,” Blandino said. “Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that’s the goalpost, the crossbar, that will come out. And that will be a foul next season.”

At least one future Hall of Famer took issue with the league’s decision.

The NFL officiating department will also oversee replay reviews on challenged plays beginning next season, Blandino said.

League owners passed a rule Tuesday in which referees can consult with Blandino and his staff to help determine whether a call should be upheld or overturned.

Blandino and other staff will be monitoring the games, and they will immediately begin reviewing challenges before the referee even gets to his monitor. They then can make recommendations on what replays to look at, but the referee still will make the final decision.

“The referee still has final say,” Blandino said. “We’re there to assist and consult.”

Blandino believes the change will speed up the review process and help ensure the calls are made correctly.

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