NFL relaxes penalties for Touchdown celebrations

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Today Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL will be easing up on penalties for Touchdown celebrations. In an open letter to the public

Goodell explains, “Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays. We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

Accepted forms of celebration will be using the ball as a prop after a Touchdown, group celebrations, and celebrating on the ground (such as the infamous snow angel celebration).

The league however, will still ban celebrations that involve offensive demonstrations, any celebration against a team, or any celebration that prolongs the game. We can assume that “twerking” will not be on the accepted list, sorry Antonio Brown.

You can read the letter from Goodell here.