clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Friday Flakes: Abolish Replay Review in Sports

This isn’t an opinion held by many I am afraid.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff Semifinal-Ohio State vs Clemson Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Issues with replay in sports has been simmering in my brain for probably a year. Then the debacle during the Ohio State - Clemson game happened.

The play which helped me realize that replay review in sports should be abolished was the fumble returned for a touchdown by Ohio State which was subsequently reversed on replay.

The argument that proponents of replay review make is that they “just want to get the calls right.”

That line of thinking is a Utopian belief. It simply is not possible. Yes, there are calls that are reversed which need to be, but we need to start asking ourselves at what cost?

Now with replay, games throughout sports have almost zero flow. We are watching the greatest athletes on the planet compete with each other. Then stop. There has been a call for a review or a challenge flag has been thrown. Now we get to watch probably five minutes of the same play again. And again. And again.

Football and basketball games should not last 3-4 hours.

I would be willing to go back to the days where there were no replay reviews. Whatever is called is what we get.

The response might be, “what if they miss a call that completely changes the game?” Well guess what, they are doing that right now. If that fumble in the Ohio State - Clemson is correctly called on replay then Ohio State likely wins and is going to the national championship game to lose to LSU.

They are still getting theses calls wrong with replay. Not just trivial calls, but back-breaking reversals. It is ridiculous. So while these replay reviews are taking up more time and ruining the flow of the actual games they aren’t even getting the calls right.

Scrap the entire replay system.

An example outside of college football just recently happened in an NBA game between the Lakers and Clippers. Patrick Beverly stripped the ball out of Lebron James’ hand and it goes out of bounds. Lakers ball.

The Clippers ask them to look at replay and it gets reversed. Clippers ball.

Yes, they got the call right in that situation. Good for them. However, it should never have gotten to that point in the first place. I would bet every dime in my car cup holder that if you reviewed every time there is a strip and the ball goes out of bounds, that the offensive player would have been the last one to touch it even if it was his/her little pinkie.

Is that what we want? Start reviewing every time there is a strip and the ball goes out of bounds. Don’t we just want to get the calls right?

Same goes for holding in football. We are arbitrarily picking things to review and it is getting worse and worse by the year. Unfortunately, I don’t think it is going to stop getting worse anytime soon.

Which is why we need to just get rid of it completely.

Since the chances of that happening are slim to none, can we at least change one thing?

The replay officials either on or off the court/field have only 30 seconds to review the call. If they cannot see that it should be reversed within 30 seconds then by rule it cannot be considered indisputable. Therefore, the call stands.

While abolishing the replay review in sports would lead to injustice regarding wins and losses (which are still happening with replay review), at least we would get the flow back and games would be substantially shorter.

Maybe attendance numbers would go back up? Maybe.

24th Anniversary of the Blowout Win Over Spurrier’s Florida Gators

Sports! Some Sports! Other Sports!

2019 Nebraska Volleyball Year in Review | Hail Varsity
Let’s take a look back at the year in Nebraska volleyball through the lenses of Hail Varsity staff photographers Eric Francis and John Peterson.

Decade in Review: Defining Nebraska Moments for Hail Varsity Staff | Hail Varsity
As one door closes, another door opens. Or so they say.

In this case, another decade has come and gone. And with the door closing on the 2010s, we can look back at all that has changed for Nebraska athletics over the last decade. It’s been a lot, after all.

Husker hindsight: The defensive backs
We're about to fully focus on the Husker year ahead in all we do, but before that deep dive, one last look back at the year that was for Fisher's defensive backs.

Husker247 Nebraska All-Decade Team
The decade is coming to a close and before you pop the champagne and turn towards the next decade of Husker football, let’s pause to remember Nebraska’s top players of the last decade. We included players who appeared in a game for the Big Red from 2010 to 2019, with more weight given to players who showed more consistency vs. outlier seasons.

Without further ado, here is our All-Decade Team.

Husker decade rewind: The best wins & worst losses of each year
Husker fans are hopeful the 2020s bring the turnaround, but before we dive fully into that pursuit, here's a rewind of the best and worst wins of each Nebraska football season from the past ten years.

Owner Jimmy Haslam says Browns will hire coach before GM
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Thursday that his team will first hire a head coach so that person will have a say in whom the team eventually hires as general manager.

Sam Wyche, who coached Bengals to their last Super Bowl appearance, dies at 74
Sam Wyche, who got the Cincinnati Bengals closer to a Super Bowl championship than any coach before or since, died at age 74.

NBA commissioner David Stern was a complete force of nature
On the night of the 2007 NBA draft lottery, David Stern sat in the temporary bleachers lining the NBA's Secaucus, New Jersey, television studios and seethed. The three finalists had been revealed for a chance to draft Greg Oden and Kevin Durant with the Nos. 1 and 2 picks: Portland, Seattle and Atlanta.

5 Laws of Sleep for Athletes | Outside Online
At a conference on sports innovation, sleep scientist Charles Samuels cuts through the hype

Dabo Swinney, Ed Orgeron among the highest-paid state employees
Who’s the highest-paid public employee in your state? A hint: It’s probably a college football or basketball coach.


20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about marriage
Amazing what can be conveyed in just 60 seconds.

U.S. Sees Slowest Population Growth Rate in a Century | Time
The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Best Things I Saw On The Internet This Week