The No Fun League is about to get a little bit more fun. Commissioner Roger Goodell is bringing back some of the fun touchdown celebrations that had recently been banned by the league.
Roger Goodell is expected to tell NFL owners group celebrations, using ball as prop after TDs, going to ground, snow angels are now allowed.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 23, 2017
It’s a mystery why these celebrations were ever banned in the first place. They don’t hurt anyone, and they’re a lot of fun. You want fans to enjoy your product, so don’t take yourself so seriously that you make games less enjoyable to fans.
In a statement released by the league, Goodell confirmed the changes to the league’s celebration policy, though he didn’t explain why some celebrations were outlawed to begin with and filled the statement with jargon and mixed language, including the following.
In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.
Really, all props and all celebrations should be allowed, as long as they aren’t racist or offensive. But this is a good step in the right direction toward making the NFL more about what the fans want.