Ask Farmer: Why are NFL goal posts yellow, and not blue or red?

In 2014, NFL owners voted to extend the uprights by 5 feet to 35 feet, approving a proposal submitted by the New England Patriots. Two seasons earlier, Baltimore beat the Patriots on Justin Tucker’s field goal that sailed high over the right goal post. Because there was no clear angle on the replay, it was impossible to tell whether the ball was between the uprights or not. After the game, New England’s Bill Belichick grabbed the arm of an official in frustration as the two were running off the field. That earned the coach a $50,000 fine from the league.


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