The board struck by a ball kicked by Titans punter A.J. Trapasso, causing all of the preseason controversy in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, was an advertisement that hung below 90 feet — the overall level of the video screens. But that board was still at about the 85-foot limit, leading the NFL to evaluate its video-board height standards.
And what to do about balls striking the screens?
“That was a mistake on our part,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said regarding the lack of specific league rules applying to the scoreboard being struck.
Anderson said a new minimum is “to be determined,” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will continue to evaluate the standard as it does all such competitive policies.
Goodell said it was set at 85 feet after studying the issue, because, “that’s the point where the probability becomes quite minimal.”
Goodell said all of the safety and sight-line issues were evaluated, and they worried about wind tunnels if they moved the board, which also played a role in the league not mandating it.