What rule changes would make the XFL more attractive to fans?

Looks like Vince McMahon might roll out XFL 2.0, which will be announced later this afternoon. Fans love football, but they have dismissed the World Football League, the United States Football League and the XFL’s first rendition during the past 40 years. NFL ratings may be somewhat lower the past few seasons, but its games continue to attract significant numbers of Americans. More than 43 million people watched last week’s AFC Championship game, making it the most watched TV show since last year’s Super Bowl.

For starters, here are a few changes I’d like to see:

No holding at the line of scrimmage. Let’s face it: NFL refs could call holding on nearly every play from scrimmage – unless it’s done by the Patriots, that is.) The NBA gave up calling walks years ago, which allows the game to flow more smoothly. Players adapted, and fans accepted this change.

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‘Field Guide’ is mobilizing

FBAfter a blogging hiatus, I am moving my posts about sports media to this Facebook page in order to emulate media practices and to connect more directly with faculty and students. I’ll maintain this website, but mostly as an archive for class exercises, scorecards, etc. – at least until I can integrate that information into the Facebook page. So feel free to fire away questions or to post sports media articles here. Thanks to those using the Sports Field Guide, which I’m currently revising for a second edition.

New website for Sports Field Guide

pumpkinsThe Sports Field Guide is moving to this ‘.org’ location for reasons too lengthy (and too uninteresting) to note here. You can still go to SportsFieldGuide.com to read archived information. This week, I am returning after a hiatus to post tips, suggestions, and news about covering sports across all media. Please, feel free to contact me at jgisondi@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks for your patience.