Question by  4lizzieb (120)

How should football referees settle a play review if the video machines are broken?

You know what I'm talking about. Everyone could see the instant replay and knew that it was the Charger's ball. Why couldn't the refs have just looked at the same tape that the rest of us were watching?


Answer by  John (9008)

If the instant replay equipment is not functioning properly, then the review will be based upon a replay provided by the home team. This creates an inherently unfair situation; one team is controlling what the official sees. Because of this, if the official equipment does not work, it is best to simply let the call on the field stand.


Answer by  JYas (68)

That make's sense to me. That is what happened in professional tennis. If a player challenges a call, everyone views the the same video tape, then the appropriate call is made. I would think this type of system would solve the problem. Generally, it is very difficult to make a bad call if everyone is watching the same video.


Answer by  caringguy (40)

If the video machine reviews are broken, referees should settle a play by holding a secret conference on the field in which they pretend to be talking about the play, but really they weren't paying attention and are as surprised as anyone else that the machines are broken. Then they should flip a coin to decide.

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