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Report: CFL exploring elimination of extra point as well

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TSN.ca Staff
1/23/2014 5:22:00 PM
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Could the CFL be doing away with the extra point?

According to the Toronto Star, the CFL is looking at the possibility of eliminating the convert but no rule change is in the works just yet.

"Our rules committee discussed the idea of eliminating or altering the convert several years ago and as recently as last year," CFL vice-president of officiating Glen Johnson told the Star. "We plan on continuing to explore this idea, but no change is imminent."

With the success rate of the extra point near 100 per cent, teams may have the option of taking seven points for the touchdown or adding more points with the risk of losing the automatic seventh point.

"We discussed several alternatives over the years, including changing the rule so teams are automatically rewarded seven points for a TD, and giving them the option to risk losing a point or gaining an additional point by trying a two point convert . . . or changing the distance of a kicked convert, making the convert always a play from scrimmage," Johnson told the Star.

The league's rules committee is scheduled to meet at the CFL's combine in Toronto on March 17.

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