Recently, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell mentioned that the league competition committee is considering abolishing the PAT. This has generated much commentary by sports casters both local and national. I have heard all kinds of "points" made about this issue from the" Kicker being taken out of the game" to "why fix what’s not broken" to it doesn’t really change anything. What I haven’t heard is what the real….."point" to taking away the PAT probably is.
To quote Henry Peterson, "Follow the money"
Is that what it really boils down to? Look at all of the rules and regulation changes that have come about surrounding the issue of player safety, especially concussions. Let’s be honest these changed weren’t made to address player safety. They were made to address the law suit settlement that cost the NFL $760M.
By eliminating the Extra Point the NFL will free up at minimum 1 Min of air time on TV before going to commercial break. So, what’s 1 min worth? Well on the extreme end, during the Super Bowl, a 30sec ad cost like $4M. Take also in consideration that the league is losing patrons at NFL stadiums across the country. We recently had teams seeking extensions on the ticket deadline so that they wouldn’t have to black out a Playoff game…….Playoffs? Are you kidding me? (sorry). They are also playing games in London to take some of the burden from some of the state side fan base. All of these things lead me to believe that the real point in getting rid of the extra point is about saving the Benjamin$.