The NFL is rolling out new rules and regulations to tackle what it calls the “gummy bear culture” among players, coaches and coaches’ assistants.
In a move designed to help create a more fun and competitive environment for all, the league is now mandating a cap on the amount of candy a team can eat during a game.
Players are also prohibited from taking in more than two drinks from a single source during the game.
The NFL is hoping to change the “basket of deplorables” mentality of fans and coaches alike, but the new rules are also aimed at addressing a growing trend among young players.
In the past, the game’s best cheerleaders were able to make the most of their opportunities to participate in the game and get the most out of their talents.
“A lot of the things that have happened, like that ‘basket’ mentality, are things that young players have had to overcome,” league vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said at the league’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
The new rules go into effect in October.
The changes will allow for coaches to get extra candy during a contest to help the team stay competitive and improve morale.
The league also announced that it is changing the way it conducts pregame celebrations.
Now, when the teams have won the game, it will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, ESPN, NBCSN, NFL GameDay, NFL Network and NFL GamePass.
The new rule will allow teams to broadcast the game live during halftime or before the game on television and also on the radio.
“We are not going to be able to have a big pregame show that is just a huge show and that doesn’t provide the kind of spectacle that you need for the fans,” Blandino told reporters.
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New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be the first to face a media conference, and he will announce the new rule changes at a news conference on Thursday.
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