How Bad Officiating Can Be Resolved in the Future
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.