Owners voted unanimously in favor of giving independent spotters the authority to call a medical timeout if they see a player showing obvious signs of a concussion. They also approved eliminating all chop blocks and peel blocks by running backs outside the tackle box; banning players from pushing teammates at the line of scrimmage in order to block punts; and expanded defenseless-player protection to include interception returns.
But several efforts to enhance the replay system were defeated, among them proposals to allow all calls to be challenged; to increase coaches' challenges from two to three; to use stadium video for review purposes, and to use replay to review all personal fouls.
High schools that contributed to Super Bowl history will be honored too. High schools will receive commemorative golden footballs for every player or head coach who has appeared in a Super Bowl, and those players and coaches will have the opportunity to deliver those mementos to their alma maters.
Which team or teams, if any, will relocate to Los Angeles is a popular topic at these meetings. Examining the situation Tuesday was California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who had informal meetings with