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NFL Reviewing Touchdown Celebration Penalty Rules

League could look to soften policies with penalties up 220 percent

Antonio Brown dances after touchdown

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84) dancing after scoring a touchdown during the NFL Football game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2016, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA.

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It looks like the NFL might actually allows its players to have fun again.

During a season in which the NFL has cracked down on end-zone celebrations like never before – taunting penalties increased by 220 percent when comparing the first four weeks of 2015 to – it’s being reported that the league will produce a compilation of player celebrations for the Competition Committee to review in the offseason. While it may not seem like a big step forward on the surface, it could pave the way for a much softer policy over what isn’t allowed in the end-zone since the rule book’s current description of unsportsmanlike conduct is rather vague.

Here’s what NBC Sports had to say about the news: “The evidence could prompt the Competition Committee to conclude that the rules regarding celebrations should be relaxed…There’s a chance that the current rules could end up getting a bit of an overhaul, with players given greater freedom to express themselves after achieving a positive outcome on the football field.”

This, of course, would be great news even though a lot of damage has already been done. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, for example, has been fined over $30,000 this season for his actions in the end-zone. It’s probably safe to assume the league won’t reimburse him if they suddenly decide twerking is kosher, either, but it’s a promising start nonetheless.

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