We had a terrific couple days of meetings here. We advanced a lot of issues, some of which I think you’ve heard about. I’ll highlight a couple of them that I think were the most significant for us.
One was the PAT rule. This is a rule that we have been focused on for quite some time. It’s a play that we think is not exciting. It’s a play that we think could be improved and we have. The Competition Committee made a recommendation on that to move it back to the 15 to kick the extra point and also to allow the defense to score. We think those changes are terrific. We thought of some other ideas in the context of that, but I think the bottom line is the ownership would like to see us do this in stages so we can see the impact of the changes and evaluate that as we go through the season.
We had an update on the Super Bowl LIII and LIV process. I’m sure you’re aware of where we are on that, but we have Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami and Tampa Bay who are our four finalist cities. There is a provision for Super Bowl LIV: if there is a team in Los Angeles, they can be included in the process. That is again a positive update.
We talked about Los Angeles for an extensive time this morning with our membership and had a report from the committee. We had an international update on the tremendous growth we are seeing in our game on a global basis, not just the United Kingdom. It was a great discussion on Mexico, Germany and also into South America so we’re very positive about that.
We had a lot of updates on health and safety. As you all know, we made some significant changes in March with the medical timeout. We went through that in great detail to make sure that the clubs understood how we are approaching that; how we were using the ATC spotter; as well as the visiting team physician, who is another resource for us to provide better care for our players and staff when they come in from a visiting city. So if players need additional care – whether it is hospitalization, prescription drugs, anything along those lines – we will have a local physician that will expedite that and try to assist us on that basis.
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