Rich McKay: “No support” on Competition Committee for Sky Judge

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The NFL continues to fail or to refuse to see how the combination of bad calls and legal gambling can result in serious problems for the game.

With the AAF utilizing the “Sky Judge” concept to ensure that certain bad calls or non-calls are fixed in real time, without the use of replay review, the league continues to downplay the potential value of what obviously would be a very useful and meaningful supplement to seven officials who are trying to discern full-speed football players with the naked eye while primarily trying not to get trampled.

During the annual media conference call with Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay and NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent, McKay claimed that the proposed “Sky Judge” received “no support from any member of the Committee.”

That’s hard to believe, given that the Committee currently includes Saints coach Sean Payton, who has made it clear that he’s determined to ensure that no team suffers the same fate that his team endured in the NFC Championship game. The decision not to embrace Sky Judge coupled with a proposed expansion of replay that wouldn’t prevent what happened in New Orleans means that the potential will continue to exist for bad calls to go uncorrected.

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57 responses to “Rich McKay: “No support” on Competition Committee for Sky Judge

  1. Who says the NFL is “failing.” Maybe there’s considerable fans and owners who don’t want to see replay become so invasive. And maybe that’s the right call.

  2. Why not initially use the Sky Judge for playoff games when there is an excess of officials and the implications of an outcome or mistake cannot be overcome by a team? The NFL is going to need to come up with a better answer than “there was no support in the committee” when thousands of injured gamblers sue or claim fraud.

  3. 99% of the NFL is just chatter and noise.

    Rule changes, diva players, off the field issues, draft talk, injury news, fantasy, and then once in awhile there is a very small sliver of ACTUAL GAMEPLAY. For each fan there is only 11 minutes of Game x 16 times a year sandwiched in between endless nonsense.

    Every year is the same revolving door of the same stale topics, it’s getting old.

  4. They’re going to wait until 10 years after Belichick retires so they can adopt his simple, effective “challenge anything” proposal without having to credit him for it.

  5. Correct again, Mike. What happened with the Saints was destructive to everything they worked for. No just a “bad call” it was horrendous and can effect the team members for a long time.

  6. Non-calls on grabbing the facemask of QBs and wrenching their neck around ought to be reviewed, especially in conference championship games.

  7. I have no issues with penalties like the Saints-Rams, or clear egregious facemask non calls, but i do not want reviews on holding plays and lined up in the neutral zone non calls

  8. Dean Blandino reviewed the’facemask’ play and said that it didn’t rise to the level of a penalty.
    He knows more about officiating than all the posters here combined

  9. Well, you can pretty much gaurantee that if your team is not in a top 5 or 6 media market, no Super Bowl appearances for you. They should change the name of the committee to Compensation Comittee.

  10. The VAST majority of fans that think that “fixing” happens in nfl games are either people gambling on the games and losing or are fans that don’t like the outcome of certain games and need an excuse to believe the outcome they wanted that didn’t happen was because it was “fixed”

    If a fan doesn’t get the absurdity of the idea that all the owners are in on something happening that disadvantages most of their teams why would they accept one more type of review as proof it isn’t happening? You can even make a good argument that the reply system has done more to advance that deluded belief than anything else.

  11. With respect to accuracy of penalty calls in the NFL, it seems the more accurate they get the more enraged we fans get about how bad things are. Kind of like our world, keeps getting better and yet most people seem to think it’s the opposite.

    I think they should use the technology available. But, no matter how accurate the calls gets people will just get angrier and angrier about perceived injustice.

  12. Gambling runs the league. Now that it’s legal most places the problem is going to become even worse. The NFL association with gambling is possibly the worst mistake they have ever made.

  13. Why? Teams put coaches up there so that they can see the field better. It makes you wonder about the competence level of some of these people. What in the world would it hurt to put an 8th judge up top in the box to protect the integrity of the game…’protect the shield’? Dumb.

  14. The VAST majority of fans that think that “fixing” happens in nfl games are either people gambling on the games and losing or are fans that don’t like the outcome of certain games and need an excuse to believe the outcome they wanted that didn’t happen was because it was “fixed”

    If a fan doesn’t get the absurdity of the idea that all the owners are in on something happening that disadvantages most of their teams why would they accept one more type of review as proof it isn’t happening? You can even make a good argument that the reply system has done more to advance that deluded belief than anything else.

    ATLANTIC CITY REFUNDED BETS IMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GAME. THAT, IS A FACT.

  15. IMO, The NFL championship game was not fixed. However, an idea was planted in the heads of the officials by the league. That idea was “It would sure be nice if the Rams were in the Superbowl”. After all of the $$$$ invested in that large Los Angles TV market, wouldn’t it be cool if the Rams were in the SB? So the game is just about over and the Saints were holding on near the end. Bingo, in the minds of the Refs, “lets give them one more opportunity” Saint will probably win anyway! No way, no way, no way that the best refs in the world miss that call. Then when one ref wants to discuss the call, he is called off. The game should not have gone to OT. Saints could still have won. Blahhhhhhh Some sort of review would have certainly caused the play to be changed and the penalty called. Brady would have one less SB ring! LOL

  16. I call BS on the Competition Committee. It’s bad enough they let mistakes go uncorrected, but even worse to say no one supports it. That’s what happens when billionaire power/money hungry guys run the show.

  17. I don’t think the league as it is currently run could make Sky Judge work. Their mindset on replay is just totally wrong. Want a decent replay review system without the game taking 5 hours? The answer to that is obvious: The coaches need to be the ones dictating replay except for the last couple minutes of the game. Give them a few challenges then it’s up to them what gets reviewed. That puts the onus on them and gets rid of the constant debates over every single borderline call. But the NFL is 180 degrees away from that. They want the league office controlling everything and they’ve never found a process they couldn’t screw up.

  18. xli2006 says:
    March 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

    99% of the NFL is just chatter and noise.

    Rule changes, diva players, off the field issues, draft talk, injury news, fantasy, and then once in awhile there is a very small sliver of ACTUAL GAMEPLAY. For each fan there is only 11 minutes of Game x 16 times a year sandwiched in between endless nonsense.

    Every year is the same revolving door of the same stale topics, it’s getting old.
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    Exactly. But isn’t that the world we live in? Sadly…All flash and no substance.

  19. It’s laughable that they call themselves the Competition Committee. We should have had end zone cameras, goal line cameras and easy technology to replace the stupid two-sticks-and-a-chain by now. There’s never going to be any kind of “sky judge”. Filthy rich people just like to talk to make themselves feel important.

  20. Who says the NFL is “failing.” Maybe there’s considerable fans and owners who don’t want to see replay become so invasive. And maybe that’s the right call.

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    ..Says every major sportsbook executive.

  21. I think what keeps getting missed is that it wasn’t ONE missed DPI call, the same defensive back did the exact same thing a few plays earlier, which was also a no-call. If you watch the replay one of the announcers says as much.

    These things all add up. There will always be missed calls, but egregious missed calls, or just plain bad calls (a lot of the QB hits this season) detract from the game MUCH more than a few extra minutes of replay during a game. AND, they could speed up the replay quite a bit if they had a replay official in the booth.

  22. I honestly do not want to start reviewing the calls that were not made but I am willing to be flexible. I would approve adding this only under the circumstance that each team is allowed one ‘sky judge’ challenge per GAME.

    Even then I feel like this would still become complicated. Yes, the Saints/Rams game was blatant. But we’re going to start using this on “did he hold, did he not hold? Well, it looks like his hands were on the outside but then he moved it back….” and we’ll analyze this for 40 minutes.

  23. Imagine where this issue would be today if that had happened to the Giants in a playoff game?

    Of course, they have to be in a playoff game for that to have happened.

  24. It’s curious that the upstart rival leagues are doing everything they can to simplify, streamline, and make the flow better. Meanwhile the NFL’s tweaks and change sjust muddy the waters and cause more confusion and controversy.

    How do you spell ‘National Football League’? Answer: WWE.

  25. Simple minds can’t handle change. It’s as simple as that. I can’t wait something similar to happen to any other team. It will, and you will complain. Just remember you called us whiners when the shoe is on the other foot.

  26. Wow a team moves to LA and the fix was in to get them to the superbowl. Why change or update replay? I can see a blown call sitting on my couch. Why not give the league the same tool we at home have? Ulterior motives?

  27. The league is worried that additional review would lengthen games. The easy answer is to eliminate the clock stoppage rules that change in the last 5 minutes of a half to advantage the offense.

    Take away this clock stops and the game does not get longer with skyjudge reviews.

  28. The NFL likes the way everything is going…play a full 16 games(don’t change it to 18)….play Thursday, Sunday, Sunday night, Monday night games, have Thanksgiving in Dallas & Detroit every year,give good teams the late byes, don’t correct replay that could make the playoffs beyond reproice. It’s the owners big toy. They don’t care what the fans want. It’s as simple as that.

  29. tinye67 says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:55 am
    Who says the NFL is “failing.” Maybe there’s considerable fans and owners who don’t want to see replay become so invasive. And maybe that’s the right call.
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    Um, everyone. Everyone knows it’s broken and the NFL refuses to do anything about it even when the result of a playoff game was very likely changed as a result of an objectively terrible call. Invasive? What could be more invasive than obviously blown calls changing the results of games? If your argument is to get rid of replay completely, that’s fine. But if we have it, it has to make sense.

  30. zeke2517 says: “I simply can’t wait for the same freaking thing to keep happening over and over again.”
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    Just stop. We’ve had over 4,600+ NFL games in HD since 2000. The first football game was broadcasted in 1939. How many of those games has something like this happen? ONE.

  31. “The NFL continues to fail or to refuse to see how the combination of bad calls and legal gambling can result in serious problems for the game.”
    ==========================

    WHO CARES WHAT LEGAL GAMBLING THINKS. Gamblers leeches off sporting events and are not vested business interest. If gamblers can’t ‘trust’ the game, then don’t bet on it. But to think they are stakeholder in NFL football is ridiculous.

    I can see why the NFL opposed legalized gambling. It makes the state and gamblers think they are ENTITLED to demand things from a PRIVATE business that they have no stake in.

  32. “That’s hard to believe, given that the Committee currently includes Saints coach Sean Payton”
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    Just because it directly affected Payton DOES NOT mean he would approve a Sky Judge, which causes MORE PROBLEMS.

    Payton is an offensive coach. They’d rather not stop the offense for 4 minutes while a Sky Judge reviews a previous play. Talk to players – they prefer to keep the game going and keep the momentum of a drive. They also don’t want to give the defense a free break to rest and regroup.

  33. Roger Goodell and his “Gang of 32” manipulate the NFL to meet their own version of “pay me”. This isn’t a new scenario, its just become much more obvious in recent seasons. The NFC Championship “gaffe”regarding TommyLee Lewis and the Saints was not, in fact, a gaffe, but rather an easier way to force an L.A. team into the Super Bowl and generate faux interest….since the “Shield” has invested millions in renewing that fan base and getting the teams that they installed back on the “ground”. Roger and his 32 buds are hoping that fans have short memories and can get back to watching the NFL, buying team products, and paying for games in blacked out areas…for profit. Unfortunately for them, as in the Wizard of Oz, the proverbial “curtain” has been pulled back and many fans have simply had enough of the BS.

  34. The only way I was ever going to watch another NFL game was if they took steps to rectify the incompetence/favoritism in the officiating.

    I’ll find better things to do on Sunday, Thursday and Monday.

  35. For years the Saints have benefited from bad calls that went in their favor, including getting to the SB in 2009, because everybody felt sorry for New Orleans after Katrina. Now that they actually have one bad call that went against them in the last 15 years, we are going to change the whole rule book? How privileged do these people think they are. Katrina was over a decade ago!!! It is their fault for building a city 10 feet under water any way.

  36. So the conclusion that I draw from this is the Competition Committee deosn’t care about getting calls right. What ever happens, happens. Besides we can always blame it on the refs. I wonder if this same thing that happened in the NFC Championship Game had happened in the AFC Championship Game and it caused the Patriots to loose?

    With legalized gambling to NFL games, that is going to open up a whole different kind of scrutiny! I would think the NFL needs to get everything effecting the game outcome, right!

    I can only hope the owners have thought about this, and order a booth official.

  37. The NFL has no interest in the sky judge because it is way too open and thus would make it more difficult to go with whatever call is in their best interest like LA making the Super Bowl. Having a microphone on the process couldn`t hurt….unless your hiding something in the process.

  38. Just stop complicating the rules. A sky judge could be the right move to make common sense decisions.
    and get rid of the stupid “football move” terminology.
    please.

  39. If the NFL competition committee won’t even consider an idea like sky judge, then I don’t think any of them should stay on the committee.

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