Centralized replay unlikely to be implemented next season


The idea of moving replay reviews to a centralized location looks like it will be on hold for at least another year.

According to Michael Marot of the Associated Press, the NFL’s Competition Committee met Wednesday in Indianapolis while the league is in town for the NFL combine. The topic of centralized replay was one of may topics discussed and members of the committee came away pessimistic that there would be support to change the system this year.

“There’s still a lot of discussion to be done,” New York Giants owner John Mara said. “I think it’s going to be difficult to get done on that this year.”

Added Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, “I don’t think people are for that.”

Both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League use a centralized center for making the decisions on replay reviews. After blunders this season by officials in replay situations, such as Jeff Triplette’s blown call in a game between the Bengals and Colts, momentum arose for making the change.

While voting for any potential rule changes won’t occur until next month’s owner’s meetings, it seems as though for now the replay system will remain unchanged.