New replay rules will lead to longer games
Are you ready for some football?
No, more football than you’re used to in the past?
It’s coming. Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former head of officiating, writes that a new rule this year that calls for the replay official to automatically review every scoring play will lead to longer games. How many stoppages it creates in games remains to be seen, but more reviews will remain longer games, period.
“If there is any question as to whether the ruling is correct, (the replay official) will buzz down to the referee and ask him to come to the monitor to review the play,” Pereira wrote on FoxSports.com. “A coach will not be allowed to challenge the ruling of a score. The intent is to save the coach from having to challenge the ruling of a score and, thus, increase his chances of not running out of challenges or timeouts.
“The replay official’s job just got a lot tougher, and the networks will be under more pressure to show replays in a timely manner. That won’t make anyone happy.”
Per Pereira, the NFL’s 121 officials just completed a three-day clinic preparing them for the 2011 season. Now, they just need some games to happen to put the new rules in play.
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