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NHL's Centralized Replay System Serves As Template For MLB, Potentially NFL
Published January 22, 2014
REPLAY REVIEW: THE MMQB's Peter King wrote over the NFL championship weekend, he "didn't like" the "archaic policy in the NFL that has only certain plays reviewed." Every play "should be reviewable." There is "too much at stake to see a clear error on the JumboTron and, because some plays cannot be reviewed, you can’t fix it." King: "Don’t say it’ll make the games interminably long. Each team gets two challenges per game, and a third if they win both of the first two. That’s not excessive. It should happen" (MMQB.SI.com, 1/20). CSN BAY AREA's Ray Ratto noted in the NFC Championship game, the 49ers were not awarded a fumble recovery by LB NaVorro Bowman even though replay clearly showed he recovered the ball because the play was not reviewable. Ratto: "The only thing the league can do that will make any sense is to figure out a way to simplify the rulebook so that you're not asking officials to make so many judgments in so many arcane areas that make things that seem obvious to the viewer and to the player and to the coaches seem to be against the rules" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 1/20).