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NFL's Anderson Says League Will Take More Proactive Role In Monitoring Field Conditions

NFL Exec VP/Football Operations Ray Anderson said the league will be "more proactive" in deciding how or when to resod fields, according to Clark Judge of While Anderson said that the NFL "would not assume control from local stadium authorities," he indicated that the league "needs to be more involved in overseeing field conditions to minimize the chances" of another incident similar to the poor conditions at FedExField for the Jan. 6 Seahawks-Redskins NFC Wild Card game. Anderson: "Going forward, we're going to be much more proactive about making sure we, at the league level, make determinations, particularly with natural surfaces, later in the year subject to weather factors. We must be more attentive and more assertive about when certain standards or resodding or maintenance needs to be redone." He added, "As a league, we go out and inspect and monitor (fields), but we've got to be more forceful about taking (matters) into our hands. I'm not necessarily talking about taking it out of their hands. But when our observers see a situation we will be much more forceful about saying this needs to be done and that this in fact will be done" (, 2/20).
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