Re: NFL could change overtime format for playoffs
My proposal is that the first possession of overtime should be determined BEFORE the game begins and not after regulation ends.
You could either have a fixed rule (Visitor gets the choice, for example)
or determine it at the initial coin toss.
This way both coaches would know ahead of time the consequences of a tie game at regulation and coach accordingly (go for the win, for example, if they know they are not getting the ball first in OT).
There is no totally "fair" way to do this, as shown by the college format, where there is an advantage of letting the other team get the ball first and then playing knowing what their outcome was.
So, if you can't make it totally fair, at least make it less uncertain.