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SBD/Issue 222/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published August 15, 2006
|English Premier League Plans To Utilize
Replay System During ’07-08 Season
EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY: The Premier League plans to introduce a replay system for referees to review calls. The first step would be four cameras “hidden in the goalposts to help ensure that officials know for sure when the ball has crossed the line for a goal,” which will be brought in on a trial basis, possibly for the ’07-08 season. Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said, “People are getting less and less tolerant of referees making mistakes. The old argument that it’s in the nature of the game doesn’t feel like that when it’s your team and there’s Champions League qualification at stake” (London OBSERVER, 8/13).
BALANCING ACT: Audi is claiming the American Le Mans Series is trying to stop its “winning streak by allowing concessions –- called ‘performance balancing’ –- to other manufacturers in an attempt to equalize the competition.” Head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich said, “We can not accept that our life will now be made artificially difficult. Audi ... will only continue its [ALMS] program if there are again stable and consistent rules.” The ALMS replied, “Performance balancing is a method to bring each type of car configuration to an acceptable band of competitiveness without eliminating the advantages that some have gained.” Audi has won the manufacturer’s title for six straight years (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/15).