NFL approves preseason trial of expanded replay official role

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The NFL didn’t move forward with votes to add a new booth official to crews for the 2020 season, but they will experiment with a tweaked role for existing replay officials in the preseason.

League owners approved a preseason trial for the proposal made by the Competition Committee to allow for more communication between replay officials and the crew on the field. That’s more limited in scope than the proposals that would have added a “Sky Judge” to the officiating crews with the power to make calls from the booth based on video.

Under the revised proposal, officials on the field can speak with the booth during crew conferences or until there are 25 seconds left on the play clock. The replay official will not be able to stop the game and will have access to the broadcast feed when consulting with on-field officials.

The proposal left the door open for the league to adopt aspects of the test for the regular season as well.

7 responses to “NFL approves preseason trial of expanded replay official role

  1. “hang on ref, Tony Romo said it was a penalty so go ahead and throw a flag”

  2. The NFL is the only league allowed to have a grey area and it still prospers.

  3. Just get it right. I have seen replay officials screw up calls that I at home could plainly see wasn’t called right. With legalized gaming on NFL games about to activate nationwide it is more important then ever to get all calls right because in the NFL almost any play can be a game changer as these men are the best in the world at what they do. Getting it right is imperative.

  4. “With legalized gaming on NFL games about to activate nationwide it is more important then ever to get all calls right”
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    Every sport should strive to get calls right for the sake of credibility. But I’m absolutely tired of hearing how the tail needs to be wagging the dog when it comes to gambling.

  5. They need to have a replay official that can weigh in on any call or non-call on any play.

    I agree with some sort of time limit – obvious missed calls don’t need much time to spot, and it’s really for correcting obvious mistakes, not going through several times in slow-mo.

  6. Right now perhaps Tony Romo should be called in to settle all of the games by remote. He seems to be the only broadcaster who consistently has his head outside of his body. He even knows the plays that will be called.

    Or just for Fun! Let’s let Booger McBooger be the head official – after all, whenever he says something, nothing else needs to be said.

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