NFL approves expanded duties for replay official

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NFL owners voted on proposed rule changes on Wednesday and they approved one dealing with the role of replay officials.

The Competition Committee proposed expanding the duties of the replay officials to allow them to advise the on-field officials on “specific, objective aspects of a play when clear and obvious video evidence is present and/or to address game administration issues.” There were differing reports on the chances that the rule would pass, but the NFL announced on Wednesday that it did.

The proposal was originally on the docket alongside one from the Ravens to create a booth umpire who would be part of the regular officiating crew while working off of a video monitor in the booth. That proposal would have allowed for the official to correct or call penalties based on video evidence, but the Ravens withdrew the proposal and the one that passed does not allow for such changes.

If the measure to increase the duties of the replay official doesn’t stop a clear and obvious officiating error from affecting a game this season, the Ravens’ proposal will likely come up again in 2022.

9 responses to “NFL approves expanded duties for replay official

  1. I’m all for getting the calls right as long as it doesn’t affect the pace of play too much.

  2. Makes it easier to “manipulate” games so the league exec’s and networks can get the “results” they want and control the playoff matchups they want to see…

  3. what if, for one season only, NFL implemented, for instance, the full 1990 rulebook. Now that would be football

  4. Here we go: it’s the new NFL.
    Run the play.
    Review the video for any infractions.
    Call the infractions.
    Run the next play.
    Repeat.
    The owners and networks will love it because the extra long games will make for more TV commercials, hence more revenues.
    Just like baseball!

  5. Here’s a novel officiating idea. How about coming into the last century and eliminate the chain gang for something more…modern…like technology to accurately spot a football. Did you hear we have a robot on Mars that created oxygen?

  6. myusernameissteve says:
    April 22, 2021 at 11:30 am
    Here’s a novel officiating idea. How about coming into the last century and eliminate the chain gang for something more…modern…like technology to accurately spot a football. Did you hear we have a robot on Mars that created oxygen?

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    How exactly would that work? The ball merely crossing a specific position on the field is not enough. For example, how would this technology know when a players body part of down relative to the position of the ball on the field?

  7. glac1 says:
    April 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    Makes it easier to “manipulate” games so the league exec’s and networks can get the “results” they want and control the playoff matchups they want to see…
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    If anybody believes this, then why would you watch football?

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