There's a chance a new rule could make a big difference next year, even though we won't ever get to see it.
For some time, the league has wanted to move its replay system to high-definition equipment, to give officials a better view of the action. Makes perfect sense, but the owners didn't want to pay for the change because instant replay was scheduled to expire after the 2008 season. Now this:
Yesterday at the NFL meetings, owners voted, 30-2, to make instant replay a permanent part of the game. As a result, teams must spend as much as $300,000 upgrading to high-definition replay equipment.
Now if we could only get them to pass a rule requiring CBS to show all of its games in HD, we'd really be getting somewhere.