Today the NFL’s vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network’s NFL AM that both the Vikings and Panthers were warned during the contest this week after a staff member was noticed warming a football up in a heater. That is a league no-no and here is what he stated:
“Yeah, you can’t do anything with the footballs in terms of any artificial, whether you’re heating them up, whether it’s a regular game ball or kicking ball, you can’t do anything to the football,” Blandino said. “So that was noticed during the game, both teams were made aware of it during the game and we will certainly remind the clubs as we get into more cold weather games that you can’t do anything with the football in terms of heating them up with those sideline heaters.”
Trust me as a kicker it is great to have a warm football because it travels farther, but the NFL is doing the right thing.