Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; NFL referee Tony Corrente (99) watches a TV during a instant replay in a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Annual Meeting to Lead to Rule Changes


Right now, there is an Annual Meeting taking place down in Orlando, Florida.  The Annual Meeting is being held from the 23rd of March until the 26th of March.

Every year, the owners will take part in the meeting and vote on rules and changes to those rules.  This year is no different.

The owners have already voted on one rule change and will be voting on more come Wednesday, the 26th.

The owners have approved a rule change to the NFL replay rule.  This vote was to pass the Rule Proposal 9 which states that the officials can speak with the officiating department in New York during the review of plays.

Gregg Rosenthal, from NFL.com, reports…

This proposal always had a wide swath of support throughout the league because there is belief it will improve accuracy and speed during replay reviews. The existing NFL Officiating Command Center in New York immediately will begin to review replays after the call is challenged. By the time the referee gets to his “booth,” the command center can advise the referee on what to look for in the play. The referee ultimately makes the final choice on the play.

This does not seem to be a rule that anyone should have an issue with.  Additional help for some of these referees can’t hurt one bit.  I like the idea that the Replay officials in New York will also be consulting the officials on the field and will have a good idea of what the call will be before the officials even get to the booth.

 

 

 

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