OT kickoff to be moved forward to 35-yard line

Updated: March 25, 2007, 7:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NFL could be implementing a minor rule change to move the kickoff in overtime games from the 30-yard line to the 35 during this week's owners meetings.

Competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay said last week that the group believed the kickoff spot was the major reason 62 percent of teams winning the coin toss won overtime games last season.

McKay said it stemmed from the change in 1998 that moved the kickoff back to the 30 and added the "K-ball," a kicking ball harder to kick deep. Until then , winners and losers of the toss had won the games just about equally.

In order to take effect, the proposed rule would have to be approved by three-quarters of the NFL teams.