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National Rugby League To Discuss Possibility Of Adding Third Official To Matches
Published August 28, 2014
Potential initiatives include:
- inserting a microchip into the ball or using laser technology to assist with rulings such as forward passes;
- further investigating captain's challenges;
- digitizing time-keeping protocols so they are coordinated between venues and broadcasters;
- encouraging women to join the refereeing ranks;
- communicating decisions to fans in real time via social media.
Potentially the most contentious changes "could come from a review of the two-referee model." Some coaches "have been outspoken in their belief that consistency would improve if only one referee was engaged." However, Greenberg "floated the prospect of adding an extra whistleblower into the fray." Greenberg said, "When I say we'll look at the two-referee model, we could look at three referees. The game is so fast that there are more decisions; two referees are under significant fatigue as it is" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/27).
NRL REJECTS BID: In Sydney, Josh Massoud wrote the NRL "rejected a compensation bid from the Bulldogs for hosting back-to-back Thursday night matches," which are set to cost the club A$400,000 ($374,000) in lost gate takings. Canterbury CEO Raelene Castle "first raised the idea of compensation with the NRL three weeks ago." But the NRL said on Wednesday that "there would be no money forthcoming, despite the fact it was never intended that one club be burdened with two Thursday night fixtures in a row" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8/28).