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March 27, 2007

No in-helmet audio for defense

PHOENIX - Couple of news items from the NFL's annual meeting.

First, the Panthers won't have to worry about the coach-to-defensive-player communication system written about in this blog a few days ago. At least not this year. League owners voted down the proposal to use the radio system for defensive players. Twenty-two teams voted for it and 10 against it. That's a lot closer to passage than last year when the vote was 18-14. The teams that voted against it still are concerned about some technical issues that will be addressed before another proposal is put forward next year.

Second, owners voted to make instant replay permanent. That vote also means that each team will have to spend about $300,000 to update its replay equipment to high-definition technology before the start of the year.

Third, owners approved a window for Super Bowl assistant head coaches to have a second interview the week before the Super Bowl.

Fourth, Panthers center Geoff Hangartner cleaned up in the league's Performance Based Pay System, which rewards players with relatively low salaries who get a lot of playing time. Hangartner received a check for $259,536, the third-highest total in the NFL.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 27, 2007 at 04:43 PM | Permalink

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