General Sports, Fantasy, Super Bowl

How Bad Officiating Can Be Resolved in the Future

11/21/09 in General Sports   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

With the recent bad string of bad officiating these past few years, the Henry Hand Ball, the Red Wings Stolen Goal, and the Bad Umpiring During the MLB Postseason. I have thought up of some solutions on how to fix it. It is fantasy, but who knows what our technological future can hold.

1. Fiber Optic Fields:
You know those christmas trees with fiber optics, if you touch them, they change a different color. I propose that we have fields with fiber optic cables in them, so that if there is a fair/foul call, a spot call, or anything like that in a sport that uses fields, the fiber optics can make an outline of the ball, or player's foot to make the correct call, instead of judgement. Apparently, this is becoming a reality.


2. Sensored Equipment
For those times that the ball is in the air (crossing the goal line, was it a home run) or in goal sports, sensors should be put into the balls and pucks, and embedded in the goal lines, so if the ball crosses it, something goes off saying that it did, whether it be a relayed signal to the referree, or something like that. some gear could also be senored like pads below the knee, arm guards in baseball, and pads in hockey, that could light up if contact is made.

3. High Tech Headsets for Referees
SInce many leagues require (hockey) or want officials (football, baseball) to wear helmets, why not take it a step further. You know how in the movie Iron Man, Tony Stark has the high tech helmet what can detect anything it sees. lets program them to detect any questionable penalty that it is programmed to know, and the official can review it from the helmet screen. The helmet would look like a football helmet shell, and a high tech visor. the helmet would have small cameras embedded all around so that nothing is missed. The helmets could also recieve replays so that there is no more "going to the booth" for replays, and they can directly talk to league offices if necessary.

The biggest challenge would be basketball. since the players wear no pads, and the referees run a lot, they might not want the helmets. My solution to that is that the ball and out of bounds sensors remain, also the ball can be in sync with the game clock, and can illuminate or do something whenever the clock hits zero, so the question of "did the ball leave his hand in time" could be resolves, or less difficult to solve. With the fouls, i propose that a high tech camera sits at every corner of the court, and one is embedded inside the hoop, to detect fouls inside the key, and it can send a signal to the referee if a foul is called, if the referee misses the call. It can also reverse bad calls made by referees by using a new program to determine if the cal was correct, by computing the official wording and viewing the call and computing if it was correct or not.

Many of this will probably never make the fields in our lifetime, but it would sure be nice if it did. Post your comments, concerns, suggestions below, and thanks for reading.
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11/22/09   |   eLa_MAe_O   |   1676 respect

there good ideas, but they sound pretty expensive.  exspecialy the helmets, so i dont think it'll happen anytime soon...    but its all good ideas  :)

11/22/09   |   zhum24   |   47 respect

Well, no ref has ever been perfect so you can't blame them for one bad call but if its a string of bad calls, just replace them with a veteran ref and not a inexperienced one.

11/21/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

These ideas are sure to be "sensored" by the major sports leagues. See what I did there?

11/21/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

BluDevil wrote:
In the NBA they can't even agree to a synthetic ball... I'm sure they'll never be able to have a "sensor" ball. It would have to be inside the ball, which would throw off the dribble or the shot. I mean, if the players were going to revolt over synthetic leather I can just imagine what they'd do if some kind of sensor was added to the ball.

thats why basketball was the hardest for me to think of.

11/21/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

In the NBA they can't even agree to a synthetic ball... I'm sure they'll never be able to have a "sensor" ball. It would have to be inside the ball, which would throw off the dribble or the shot. I mean, if the players were going to revolt over synthetic leather I can just imagine what they'd do if some kind of sensor was added to the ball.

11/21/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

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