Original Release Date: October 20, 2008
Obvious Satire, "Sports-News Wire" -- By James Alex Gerard
Rule addresses NFL teams with home crowds "more interesting" than its own games -- or better dressed
(JG) ? No NFL team is allowed to have any home-stadium crowd that's "more interesting' to watch than any of the club's own home-stadium games themselves, the Gerard Rules Committee announced today.
In addition, the Committee ruled, no NFL team is allowed to have any home-stadium crowd that's "better dressed" than the club's own players and staff themselves.
"Officials" Discretion" will be used to determine -- and disqualify -- any teams who "violate" either or both provisions of the "new rule," the committee said. Under the new rule, the home team would "forfeit" the game, and any network coverage-time already allotted would then "shift" to "discussing" the home-stadium crowd itself, the Committee added.
The committee concluded that last year's Oakland Raiders team could face disqualification under either or both provisions of the "new rule."