How bad are NFL replacement refs? The NFL might go with one-man officiating crews
Just how bad have they been? Bad enough that the NFL is kicking around one of the most drastic moves in recent memory.
According to Pro Football Talk, the league is at least considering a plan that would include one-man officiating crews, with league officials making the calls from a video booth.
The single referee would spot the ball, walk off penalties, and make the necessary announcements.
The bulk of the actual officiating, however, would be done by league officials monitoring the game on television sets.
This might not be the best idea in the world, but who's to say it won't actually work out better than normal? There's certainly a solid chance that it will be better than replacement refs, who have been simply atrocious.
One of the obvious problems: the cameramen aren't referees. In a game, a referee can move where he needs to, in order to make the call. If the cameras aren't in the exact right spot, calls might be missed.
Also, there might be a slight delay getting calls down to the field.
That having been said, I think this would be considerably better than the replacement refs, even if the uber-technological side of it makes me a bit nervous.
What do you think of this idea?