Ex-ref John Parry: Time has come for a sky judge

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Former NFL referee John Parry never believed in the concept of a sky judge, an extra official watching the game from a booth with a monitor in front of him. Then he watched Monday night’s game from a booth with a monitor in front of him.

Parry, who now works for ESPN, was highly critical of the mistakes made by the officiating crew during the Lions-Packers game. And he said on ESPN today that he’s now in favor of a sky judge.

“Let’s embrace technology. I was not for a sky judge weeks ago. At this point, I think we have to embrace technology and we have to find a way to fix the egregious error,” Parry said.

It’s clear that sometimes the people watching on television have a better view than the officials on the field. An official who watches the game on television, inside the stadium, with the ability to contact the other officials immediately if they miss something, could improve officiating in the NFL. It’s an idea whose time has come.

13 responses to “Ex-ref John Parry: Time has come for a sky judge

  1. Or just stop calling marginal things. Or things that have no affect on the play. Or ticky tack DPI/OPI.

  2. I’m weary of the NFLs constant excuses that “technology is not advanced enough” for their needs. Last year, it was pylon cams for touchdowns. I now see shots from a pylon every week. The truth is the NFL does not listen to its customers and adapt to give them what they want. They have the attitute of ‘The customer is always right, and he should be punished for his arrogance.’

  3. This wont please everyone, and people will still gripe, there was a play that essentially was called by a “sky judge” earlier this year. The Vikings had scored what they thought was a Td, but Cook was blocking in the endzone downfield illegally to get the receiver open… the booth essentially buzzed down to review of the PI cuz it was a scoring play and it was confirmed opi over turning the TD.. and it has been over month and their fans STILL COMPLAIN about it.

  4. Nah it makes too much sense and we all know the Idiots that be have no sense . Maybe when they see the ratings drop they will wake up but I doubt it.

  5. Bring in a “sky judge”, make refs pay performance related like the players,
    whatever it takes to stop this crap happening again

    The tech is there, there are ways and means, please use it NFL

  6. Well it makes sense, therefore the NFL won’t do it. Plus the league would have to pay an 8th official, no way a multi-billion dollar money machine could afford that

  7. When I saw the AAF play using the Sky Judge, I thought they really had something. It meant to see ergegious errors missed by officials. The Sky Judge buzzes down the the referee to take a further look at that play. The ref takes a look and makes a ruling. It’s that simple. No challenges involved. I love that idea.

    I have to think the mighty NFL hates to acknowledges some other pro league came up with that idea!

  8. I think they should get rid of all video replay rules. Human judgement, human management, human error.

  9. I feel like I said this months ago, but got basically boo’d off the field.
    No coaches challenges, just “sky judge” whose whole job is egregious calls/missed calls & faster reviews of bang-bang hits that are being flagged like crazy to err on the safe side.
    NOLA’s complaint from last year.
    Last weeks multiple hands to the face
    Eagles kick returner getting his helmet ripped off by his mask
    Jets DE going at Bills QB late twice, once low
    OBJ/DB scuffle
    We all saw it, multiple times, and the answers the same- “we need to do a better job on the field but technology isn’t advanced enough yet.”
    All the whole players have ear phones, gps monitors, tablets, $250k watches, & all other sorts of things used but the refs get 60 year olds, botched eye exams, and terrible ear pieces with mics

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