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CFL approves rule requiring two-point convert attempts in OT

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The Canadian Press
4/14/2010 10:10:19 AM
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TORONTO -- The CFL's board of governors has approved a rule change requiring teams to go for a two-point convert in overtime rather than kick for a single point.

The proposal was brought forward by the league's rules committee.

"It's now official," Tom Higgins, the CFL's director of officiating, said in a statement Wednesday.

"The governors have agreed with our committee, and our fans, that the two-point convert will make an exciting approach to overtime even more exciting, with a pass or run with the game potentially on the line replacing a kick that has become relatively routine."

The rule change was suggested by fans after commissioner Mark Cohon appealed for their input. Fans sent in more than 2,000 rules suggestions, with about 1,500 of them focused on overtime.

Under the current rules, if the score is tied at the end of a game, each team gets an opportunity to scrimmage from its opponent's 35-yard-line, until it makes a score or loses possession.

If the score remains tied, the procedure is repeated at the opposite end of the stadium.

If the score is still tied after each team has had two attempts, a regular-season game will be declared a tie. In a playoff or championship game, the procedure continues until a winner is decided.

The board also approved three other rules committee recommendations:

-- A team that gives up a field goal (during regulation time) will have the option of scrimmaging from its 35-yard line instead of receiving a kickoff.

-- There will be no penalty for pass interference if a forward pass is deemed uncatchable.

-- When a ball is punted, hits the ground and hits a player from the covering team, the ensuing penalty will be five rather than 15 yards.

In other news, Edmonton lawyer John Butler was reappointed chair of the CFL board of governors.

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