The scoreboard at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium remains an issue for 2009.
The NFL sent out a memo to its teams Friday notifying them of a change in rules for the 2009 season relating to the video board.
The memo stated that after consulting with the Competition Committee and NFL staff, the commissioner said the following will be in effect for all remaining preseason, regular season, and postseason games of the 2009 season:
---If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.
---If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning. If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Assistant, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.
---In the event the down is replayed:
(a) The game clock will be reset to the time remaining when the snap occurred.
(b) All penalties will be disregarded, except for personal fouls which will be administered prior to replaying the down.
OK, so what happens if a player gets hurt on one of those meaningless punts. Say your top gunner blows out a knee while covering a play that doesn't count? Can't wait for that uproad.
But in fairness to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys, the board is 90 feet above the playing surface. The NFL mandates it be 85 feet. That's why there is no change. If it was under 85, you can bet the NFL would have made Jones change it.
The interesting thing will be if punters now go out and try and hit it. It will be like overcooking a driver on the golf course. We know how that works.