NFL loosens up restrictions to on-field celebrations

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Less than a week after it was announced that the opening of the football stadium in Inglewood would be delayed by a year, NFL owners voted Tuesday to relocate the 2021 Super Bowl from Los Angeles to Tampa, according to multiple reports.

Asked whether he celebrated the new guidelines approved at Tuesday's spring meetings, Goodell just laughed. The stadium in Los Angeles will host the event one year later.

"As work continues on the transformational sports and entertainment district being built at Hollywood Park, we are looking forward to moments such as a grand opening during the Summer of 2020 and the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles after almost three decades", Demoff said.

At the league's annual meeting in March, owners banned leaping over the offensive line to block kicks, approved instant ejections for egregious head-to-head hits and OK'd centralized replay review from the NFL officiating command center in NY. Imagine a Super Bowl ending in a tie.

National Football League rules dictate a team can not host a Super Bowl in a stadium's inaugural season. "I think it's an unbelievable responsibility for all of us who work on this project to make sure we deliver that for him, for the fans, for Angelenos, for the National Football League and for the world when you talk about an event like the 2024 Olympics". It will now open in the summer of 2020, and the league ultimately felt it was too risky to host a Super Bowl so close to the target date.

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Earlier this month, the LA Times revealed construction delays in the stadium were caused by two months of heavy rain in the city.

Tampa originally finished as runner-up in the bidding for 2020 - one reason why owners backed the move unanimously.

Indeed, Goodell also wrote in his letter to fans that in the name of "sportsmanship, clean competition and setting good examples for young athletes", celebrations that are offensive, prolonged, delay the game, or are directed at an opponent still will constitute a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Goodell's email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. Last season, the league clamped down on celebrations after touchdowns, earning it the tag "No Fun League" from fans and media. "Two other former players, Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear appeals for players".

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