NFL passes revised catch rule

The league pushed the vote through the new catch-rule in a unanimous vote, and also included another change that could have broad ramifications.

Kahron Spearman

According to ESPN, NFL owners have unanimously approved a new catch rule on Tuesday, a move the rules committee member hope will settle out the numerous controversies. 

Owners also approved another significant rule, that could have wide-ranging effects: granting overruling authority to Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts.  

They've also settled on touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard line as a permanent rule. 

If the receiver performs an act common to the game. if he performs a football move, whatever you want to call it, on the way to the ground, if you say that supersedes him having to hold the ball all the way to the ground, then that adds another layer of judgment for the official and in replay. You're just shifting the debate from, 'Was he going to the ground and did he hold on to it?' to 'Did he make a football move?'

NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora tweeted out the approved rules and bylaws. 

The main mission was accomplished with the change to the catch rule, which means plays similar to those involving Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (from 2010) and Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (in a 2014 playoff game) will be receptions in the future.