I’ll be the first to say, I like having instant replay as a tool within our professional sporting games. It helps to clear up real discrepancies, hold refs accountable for making truly horrible calls and can rightly and correctly alter the outcome and course of a game. However, the more I’m watching NFL games, the more I’m beginning to question the frequency of instant replay’s use.
Games are dragging on. We’re seeing this week after week. Every single score is replayed up in the booth now. When the 1:00 PM Sunday games aren’t ending until 4:30 and 4:45, there’s an issue.
The NFL adopted an instant replay system back in 1986. They gave it up for a period of time, brought it back in 1999, and it’s still a debatable topic in the world of sports. There have been alterations and changes to instant replay over the past few decades as the game has changed. The speed of football continues to increase. Today, teams have money riding on every game. Players also have money and contractual clauses they want and need to meet. Instant replay also makes us, as fans, feel better (most of the time) when a call is overturned, which helps our teams. Every inch on the field counts. The expansion of instant replay to cover all scoring plays in 2011, and then turnovers in 2012 has improved the overall accuracy of officiating in recent years.
But is instant replay becoming too much of a crutch and too intrical in NFL? There are many who will say that human error has its place in sports and in the NFL. It’s a debate that will continue for years to come.
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