NFL Head of Officials Dean Blandino said on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday that dunking the ball over the crossbar of the goal post will result in penalty, and the change will take affect in the upcoming season.
The news comes as the league's annual meetings of owners in Orlando began Monday. Last year, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunked the ball and subsequently knocked the crossbar out of line during a game against the Atlanta Falcons. The change announced on Tuesday is another reform to the way players can and cannot celebrate after scoring a touchdown; using props after a touchdown is also banned, for example, and the NFL is now considering the ball as a "prop" during any touchdown celebrations.
The league is also considering whether to begin placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point attempt following a touchdown, making the attempt a 43-yard kick. The possibility remains of the league trying out the measure in the preseason.
Just in. The NFL will not allow dunking the ball over the goal post next season. It will be a penalty. Cannot use the ball as a prop.BURKE: NFL compensatory picks announced: As usual, Ravens cash in
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 25, 2014