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Goal post manufacturers tearing down NFL's decision to increase height of uprights

Anwar S. Richardson
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In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo, the goal post leans after New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunked the ball and hung from the post against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. Players no longer will be allowed to dunk the football over the crossbar of the goalposts in celebration. Director of officiating Dean Blandino said the NFL is making a clarification of the rules for mutual respect and sportsmanship
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo, the goal post leans after New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunked the ball and hung from the post against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. Players no longer will be allowed to dunk the football over the crossbar of the goalposts in celebration. Director of officiating Dean Blandino said the NFL is making a clarification of the rules for mutual respect and sportsmanship. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The NFL decided to increase the height of goal post uprights, from 30 feet to 35 feet, at the recent NFL owners meetings.

And some people are offended.

No, the traditionalists who are still against instant replay are not barking at this rule change. Kickers are not complaining the new height. Coaches are not throwing a fit - for once.

Instead, the good/unknown people who manufacture goal posts are upset about having to do more work.

"It's actually pretty significant," David Moxley, director of sports construction sales at Sportsfield Specialties, told AZCentral.com. "It isn't as easy as putting 5-foot extensions on each side."

Apparently, it is not as easy as extending the goal posts on a Lego set.

Moxley is currently waiting for the results of a structural analysis done by engineers, which will tell him if the current goal posts can be retrofitted or need to be replaced. They need to know if a 35-foot goal post can withstand extreme wind conditions (Soldier Field, we are talking about you). Moxley also needs to know if the base has to be enlarged, and if so, does the sleeve or device that holds it in place need to be bigger.

"I think the NFL thought, 'Just weld on 5 more feet and everything will be cool,'" Neil Gilman, president of Gilman Gear, which also manufactures goal posts, told AZCentral.com. "That's not the case."

Any chance these guys will complain once they receive huge checks from NFL teams?

Probably not.

Considering every team is required to comply, goal post manufacturers received an unexpected revenue increase, which should cover that family vacation to Walt Disney World this summmer. Well, at least one day considering how expensive the park is. 

Each team will need to enhance or replace at least two stadium goal posts. They will likely replace or alter the goal posts at their practice facilities. Then there are other parts associated with goal posts which will likely be added to the invoice.

Gilman said a standard goal post that meets NCAA requirements costs $5,700, but a new NFL goal post will be “considerably more.” And we all know a rush job always increases the asking price.

So a new NFL rule means more work for goal post companies, more money than they anticipated having, yet, everybody is not happy?

Sounds like somebody slipped and bumped their head on a crossbar.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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