New York (AFP) - A proposal to shorten overtime periods in NFL games from 15 minutes to 10 will be considered next week when the NFL's Competition Committee gathers during annual league meetings in Phoenix.
A report on the NFL's website said the committee will propose trimming one-third of the total time teams have to avoid a draw in pre-season and regular season contests.
The new shorter time period would not apply to playoff games, where the 15-minute time frame -- the same as a normal quarter in an NFL game -- would remain.
The committee's concern with shrinking the extra time period for regular-season games is because teams who play an overtime matchup on a Sunday might have short turn-around times ahead of a possible upcoming Thursday night matchup.
NFL officials said that of 83 regular-season games that went to overtime over the past five campaigns, 22 of them -- just over one in four -- went beyond 10 minutes.
Overtime rules were tweaked by NFL owners in 2010 for playoff games and in 2012 for regular-season contests so they were no longer sudden-death periods with the first team to score winning. If the team receiving the opening kickoff scores a field goal, the opposing team receives one possession to pull level with a field goal of its own or score a touchdown to win the game.