By Chris Emma–
(CBS) Major changes could be coming to the NFL’s video review system, commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois; 1-3 Inches Of Snow Possible
Among items up for consideration at the league’s meetings next week in Phoenix is the possibility to move for centralized replay reviews. Rather than the current system that utilizes sideline monitors, the referee would instead view the play from a tablet while discussing the play with the league office, which would ultimately have the final say.
“This should improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and help speed up the process,” Goodell said in his letter to fans.
The NFL’s replay review system has come under criticism in recent years, with various rules — most notably consideration to what defines a catch — piling on and creating confusion. The league has often been left clarifying the rules in the aftermath. These changes would let league officials have a direct impact.
Goodell also is taking aim at enhancing the in-game viewing experience for fans, which would reduce commercials throughout a game.READ MORE: Chicago Park District Hosts Polar Adventure Days At Northerly Island
“Together with our broadcast partners, we will be working to meaningfully reduce down time and the frequency of commercial breaks in our game,” Goodell said. “We will also be giving our broadcast partners increased flexibility to avoid untimely breaks in the action. For example, we know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that too. Our goal is to eliminate it.”
League meetings begin Sunday in Phoenix, with important votes ahead to alter the game experience. Goodell is optimistic changes could please the fans.
“All of these changes are meant to give you more of what you want: a competitive game with fewer interruptions and distractions from the action,” Goodell wrote.
“There is much more work to do in the coming seasons as we continue to listen and learn. But these positive changes are intended to create a better experience for you, our fans.”MORE NEWS: Northwestern Medicine Study Gives Clues About How Long COVID-19 Symptoms Can Linger