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What follows is an attempt to identify some of the key leaguewide issues the NFL will address before we see competitive football back on our televisions. Espn ncaa baseball scores It accepts as a given some of the existential and ongoing agenda items the league will always face, including concussions and domestic violence, and focuses instead on some of the more incremental challenges.

A few of the items covered in the 2016 edition of this post remain on the virtual docket, including improving replay review and repairing the Pro Bowl. Basketball wives la cast 1. Basketball positions and what they do Understand the ratings slide

Here’s what we know: Television viewership of NFL games dropped an average of 8 percent in 2016. Pitch dark chocolate That marks the first time in eight years that viewership failed to grow.

The decline was much more pronounced prior to the U.S. Landscape products presidential election (14 percent) than it was afterward (1 percent). Garden of the gods But the NFL can’t simply attribute it to the election and move on; the second-half improvement was due in part to the Dallas Cowboys’ outsized viewership numbers during the run-up to the playoffs. Paintball fields near me A much deeper examination is necessary, from advertising structure to kickoff times to game pace to scheduling.

It would be unrealistic to expect indefinite ratings growth, but at its core, the NFL is a television content producer. Land scaping That is its product. Asphalt 8 mod apk The league must determine whether this drop was a function of larger issues within the broadcast industry or if it reflects a true decrease in interest. Funny softball pics 2. Diy outdoor furniture Improve pace of game

Independent of its conclusions on ratings, the NFL could use a shake-up in its game administration and presentation. Little league baseball ages An anecdotal study revealed that game action occurred on roughly 8 percent of an average game broadcast. Garden centre london ontario The Wall Street Journal once estimated it at 11 minutes of a three-plus-hour game. Basketball wives la season 5 episode 4 The rest is consumed by commercials, between-play huddles, replays and the like.

The NFL is well aware of this challenge. Sales pitch synonym At his annual Super Bowl news conference, commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned a number of possibilities for cutting time, including reducing commercial breaks from five to four per quarter, setting a “play clock” to cap the time between an extra point and the ensuing kickoff and using Microsoft Surface Pro tablets for replay reviews. Baseball teams in chicago Presumably, the NFL would exchange fewer commercials for higher prices.

Those changes might shave a few minutes from the overall time of game, if that. Landscape products bath pa But most fans and viewers would agree — I hope — that less dead time is better. Softball canada rules 3. Baseball teams in ohio Circle back on the kickoff rule

Owners must decide whether to discard, alter or make permanent the rule change that moved touchbacks from the 20- to the 25-yard line. Tropical garden design ideas The impact of the adjustment, designed to reduce injuries by incentivizing fewer returns, was mild at best.

Kickoff returns fell by 1.8 percentage points, from 41.1 percent of all kickoffs in 2015 to 39.3 in 2016. Professional landscape architect The touchback rate rose only slightly, from 56 percent to 57.6 percent, as many coaches sought to eliminate the incentive by kicking short of the end zone. Lattice energy definition Concussions on returns dropped by 15 percent, from 20 to 17, according to the NFL. Baseball games near me Overall, however, there were more total injuries on kickoff returns in 2016 (39) than 2015 (35). Obama first pitch The total accounts for ACL tears, MCL tears, concussions and hamstring strains.

Given that modest impact, and in light of the pace-of-game issue, the NFL might hesitate to continue with a play that brings action less than half the time. Pitching grips Look for the competition committee to consider a proposal from special-teams coordinators that would make the kickoff more like a punt, with most of the return team up on the line to minimize full-speed collisions. Little league football near me 4. Facebook app not working Expand ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ initiative

In Week 13, the NFL gave players permission to wear custom cleats to raise money for the charity of their choice. Sprinkler warehouse coupon code More than 500 participated in what was a roundly applauded project that, for one week, allowed players to circumvent the league’s strict equipment and uniform code.

We know the NFL isn’t going to go bananas and allow players to choose their cleat color/style every week. Garden snakes eat But must “My Cause, My Cleats” be limited to one week? Money was raised by auctioning off the game-worn cleats at an NFL Auction. Baseball pitcher quotes More weeks, and more cleats, would seem to be better than the alternative.

Expect the NFL to look into the possibilities. Landscape supply portland Business and licensing agreements are no doubt a consideration, but the goodwill — both in public and with players — would seem to be worth at least some revenue, if it comes to that. Cottage garden design 5. Ancestry dna Study chip technology

When we last left the story, the NFL was placing RFID chips inside footballs used for preseason and Thursday night games. Fantasy football 2016 Part of the yearlong experiment was to measure how close the balls got to the upright, in the event that the league ever considers narrowing the goal posts. Fastpitch softball pitching lessons More broadly, it was to test the durability and reliability of the chips themselves.

As we noted earlier this season, chips alone can’t tell officials where to mark the ball. Landscape ontario congress A critical piece of data would still be missing. Football season is over The chip can tell you where the ball is, but the official would still need to determine when the player was down — a task that would depend on eyeballs unless RFID chips were placed on the knees and elbows of every player.

But the chips, if reliable and durable, could still be useful, perhaps in replays to determine whether the ball crossed the goal line. Garden of eden story 6. Football games download free Adjust the Thursday night game schedule

Regardless of whether we want them or whether players like them, Thursday night games are here to stay. Elite softball They will generate nearly $1 billion in revenue over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and the NFL’s data — it’s what the league uses, whether you accept it or not — indicates that injury rates are no higher on Thursdays than they are on Sundays or Mondays.

That doesn’t make it impossible to change, and the NFL appears to realize that. Garden Goodell indicated that the league might back away from its current mandate that all teams make at least one appearance per season. Basketball wives la season 5 episode 2 That would reduce the number of small-market matchups in prime time. Landscape photography tips and techniques As much as we love the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, their annual Thursday night matchups don’t appeal to everyone. Baseball diamond vector 7. Furrow irrigation Address celebration penalties

In at least some corners of the NFL, there was agreement that rules designed to prevent fights and promote sportsmanship have gone too far. Basketball court The results were 30 demonstration penalties, including some for seemingly harmless acts such as pantomiming a basketball jump shot and pretending to shoot a bow and arrow. Pavestone They were a small part of the more than 40,000 plays during the season, but they presented an outsized impression of a league focused on frivolous discipline.

Goodell said he will “look at” the resulting criticism in the offseason to see if there is a way to find a better balance between sportsmanship and “trying to allow players the ability to express themselves in an exuberant way.” Establishing a higher standard for taunting would be a reasonable and effective start. Baseball players 8. Gardenia Assess the California situation

The NFL appears to have reached the saturation point of its stadium-leverage game, at two franchises short of completion. Pitch in music Currently, no one wants the Chargers or the Raiders — at least not in the way the league is accustomed to.

San Diego ultimately refused the demands of Chargers owner Dean Spanos. Softball field dimensions Las Vegas isn’t offering the Raiders as sweet of a deal to relocate as it once appeared. Spring training 2016 cardinals As a result, the mighty NFL has the Chargers playing in a 30,000-seat soccer stadium for two years before they become tenants in the Rams’ privately built stadium. Asphalt 7 apk data The Raiders are stuck in Oakland’s decrepit, multisport Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.

Is this situation unique to California, a state long opposed to public subsidies for new football stadiums? Or will it impact the next round of stadium requests — in, say, Buffalo, Kansas City or Washington, D.C. Asphalt 8 soundtrack — in a way that will permanently discourage public funds? That will be a focal point in this offseason and beyond. Spring training schedule 2016 florida 9. Unilock pavers Advance the developmental league

I’ve been writing for years about the NFL’s ongoing internal debate about how best to develop players beyond in-season practices and offseason workouts. Fencing classes nyc The assumption has been that the league is waiting for a third party to build the infrastructure and then will buy in when proof of concept occurs.

Some coaches would prefer bigger practice squads for developmental purposes, rather than turning over young players to another set of coaches. Pitch in meaning That’s understandable and helps explain the paralysis on this issue. Fences windows 10 free The league might well decide that expanded rosters are a more efficient way to start, but they’ll also need to figure out how to get those players meaningful work on the field. Lone star softball message board Those discussions should occur this offseason. Francesca battistelli free to be me lyrics 10. Landscaping Evaluate officiating technology

In 2016, the Canadian Football League debuted a centralized video official whose job was to correct obvious officiating mistakes via an HD broadcast feed, even if they were not reviewable by rule. Timber merchants north london The idea was to avoid the kind of errors that an average fan can identify while watching at home but on-field officials might have missed due to the intensity of action.

The NFL will be studying the impact of the CFL’s video official to see if there is anything to glean from it. Pictures of gardens Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, believes the league has already taken on an unwritten version of this approach. Facebook app keeps crashing Pereira said in December that some referees rely on illicit advice over their wireless headsets from their replay officials, who are perched in the press box, to fix mistakes.