Sam: Changes coming from NFL owners meeting?


PHOENIX, Ariz. – It used to be that every spring the NFL owners would get together for a couple of days and discuss what was right and what was wrong with the league, go over some rules changes and have some social time together.

As the league grew, the "owners meeting" morphed into the "annual meeting" and everything about and surrounding the league is now represented over the course of the three-day get together.

Yes, the owners will talk about rules changes and television contracts. They'll break into committees and discuss trends and changes on and off the field. But they'll also be exposed to new ideas from vendors, data purveyors and others invited.

There's still a lot of "hallway negotiation" going on as fellow owners buttonhole each other on different topics. And there are plenty of those. From rules changes to replay, it seems as if everything is on the table.

One proposal from the Colts is to add a 9-point play possibility. If a team scores a touchdown and executes the two-point conversion, they'd get a chance to kick a 50-yard PAT, putting nine points on the scoreboard.

Most proposals are not that radical, with the majority dealing with replay and expanding what can and can't be reviewed.

"I'm not in favor of changing what happens in replay," Steelers owner Dan Rooney said this week. "I don't want to slow the game down any more. I think it's working the way it is."

While they won't change the rule on what is and isn't a catch regarding the Dez Bryant play against the Packers in the playoffs, the league said it will try to "clarify" and streamline the interpretation of the rule in the next few days.

There's always talk about relocation at the annual meeting, with Jacksonville the franchise often mentioned in the last 15 years as the one most likely to move.

No more.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kronke has laid out a proposal to build a stadium outside of Los Angeles that would be able to house two teams. The Rams and the city of St. Louis are still negotiating a possible stadium upgrade and extension, but Kronke has made it very clear that he's going to build a facility on the West Coast. The Rams, Raiders and Chargers are the three teams consistently named as possible tenants.

Shad Khan, as well as team president Mark Lamping, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley represent the Jaguars at these meetings. Numerous other staffers are also involved from every team from PR, marketing, advertising and research. More than 200 media have been credentialed to document what's going on.

Sometimes it's dramatic, and other times it's fairly routine. We'll have a chance to talk with Khan, Bradley and Caldwell to see where the Jaguars fit in to what's going on throughout the league, what the London plan is and what the next step is when it comes to "the latest" in the NFL.