Stadiums to employ public viewing of refs’ replays next season
To enhance the experience and keep the fans informed every step of the way, the NFL has come up with a new policy that will make it mandatory in all stadiums to display the replays on the video board, that are currently being viewed in privacy by the match officials on their video monitors. The Atlanta Falcons president and chairman of the NFL competition committee, Rich McKay was excited about the new changes bought by the replay to the game experience for fans.
"They'll see the exact same angles at the exact same time as he does,” said Rich McKay.
The replays, which were first introduced in the 1986 season, have seen their share of passions from the masses and the league itself. The replay system was shot down in 1992, only to witness a revival in the 1999 season; and which currently address the challenges raised by coaches during various plays.
With the resumption of the replay system, the league aimed at ensuring the decision on the calls was more accurate without letting the replays stretch the game beyond the three-hour mark. Since then, the replays have been subjected to many changes, and there will be further changes to the system this year. A top modification to the system dictates that all turnovers can be reviewed by the replay booth.
Hopefully, the replay system will satisfy most of the fans’ curiosities, quite in the same way it has been a success around the match officials and has given the teams a fair chance in the game. Previously, the home teams maintained the final say over the amount of information it wanted to share with the fans and the rest of the watching crow through replays. Now with the aid of the public viewed replays the fans and on-the stadium viewers will have a better viewpoint of the game.
"I think throughout this edition of replay, the league, the teams and our broadcast partners have done a nice job of using the available technology to make the game better and make the experience better for the fans,” expressed Rich McKay.
Rich McKay is led on by the previous success of the replays to believe that the system will further improve.
Rich McKay said that a review of last seasons’ calls revealed 99 percent accuracy in decisions. He also expressed his comfort with the current system.
"The biggest question over time is, are we ever going to move all decisions upstairs?" stated Rich McKay. "College football feels very comfortable with their decision upstairs. But I don't see that in our near future."
Last year, the league determined that every scoring play should be reviewable by the replay booth. Although many assumed the stacking-up replays would stretch the game, Rich McKay noted last year every game averaged at 3 hours, 5 minutes, only exceeding the 2010 average timing by a second.
"We were fearful going in about how we could pull it off," stated Rich McKay. "I give the league a lot of credit for pulling it off the right way."