Tag:NFL Travel Rules
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:21 pm

NFL owners to consider 'time-zone travel' rule

By Will Brinson

My colleague Clark Judge has been vigilant this season about protesting some of the ridiculous travel scenarios imposed on various teams as a result of the NFL's schedule.

And thankfully it appears as if the league will do something to limit teams traveling across the country on short weeks, as CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday that at

"There's an owners meeting this week, and [the issue of travel] is going to be discussed," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "And what's going to be talked about is eliminating all coast-to-coast travel for a Thursday night.

"One of the concepts that they're going to talk about possibly implementing is having time-zone travel: you can only travel one time zone on a Thursday night. As a general manager I would be in favor of that."

It's simply not fair to ask someone like the 49ers to play on Sunday and come east for a Thursday night game the next week (like they did on Thanksgiving), just four days later. Or to have a team like Philadelphia play on Sunday and then travel to Seattle for a Thursday game.

Fortunately it looks like the NFL understands this and is taking the steps to address the problem beginning as early as next week.

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