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Steelers’ Art Rooney II not in favor of expanding instant replay

Art Rooney II, Steelers

Art Rooney II would like to make it clear that he is opposed to expanding instant replay, and he plans on taking that to every NFL Owners Meeting from now until the end of time, thank you very much.

Art Rooney II said as much on the official Steelers’ website.

“I would say that probably the biggest, most talked about potential rules change revolves around replay, expanding replay, and it seems like that happens almost every year. But this year there seems to be a little more attention being paid to it. I think our position in general on replay is we’re not really that excited to have replay expanded, and we’ll approach it with that in mind. We have a lot that is already reviewable in the game, and we’re not that excited about continually adding to that list.”

The NFL Competition Committee has asked owners to amend Rule 15, Section 2 for the 2019 season. In addition to having pass interference plays become subject to review, the committee wants replay expanded to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a penalty. In a separate proposal, the committee wants Rule 15, Section 2 altered to have replay include “roughing the passer and unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.”

Ultimately, too, Art Rooney II said the reason he’s opposed to replay is that he doesn’t want over-expanded games. He already feels the games are long enough, and one can make an argument that he is, in fact, right.