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June 15, 2019


Is instant replay in the NFL good for the game?

Ever since the inception of replay in the NFL, first utilized in the regular season in 1986, there has been an endless debate as to the merits of the tool.  But is it good for the game?  Dan Wiederer offers a lengthy defense of the system while Mark Kiszla offers a short and sweet simple statement against replay in his Q&A sessions….Who do you agree with?

Is instant replay in the NFL good for the game?

photo: Denver Post

  • Real Talk: Expanding replay presents obvious solutions, but can the NFL get out of its own way?

    Count me among those who strongly believe that if the league has technology to help legitimize the outcome of games, it should use it. Should the league allow a replay review to insert a foul into a game? I say yes.

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  • Kickin’ It with Kiz: Why our instant-replay obsession has made NFL games less fun to watch

    Instant replay has slowed the game down, has made it less fun to watch. Instant replay doesn't guarantee getting the calls right.

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Key points:

Real Talk: Expanding replay presents obvious solutions, but can the NFL get out of its own way?

If the technology is there, the NFL should use it

In 2019, slow-motion, high-definition video is capable of showing “clear and obvious” penalties that weren’t initially flagged

I’ve never romanticized about the “human element” of officiating in sports. We’re all going to be replaced by robots eventually, right?

Kickin’ It with Kiz: Why our instant-replay obsession has made NFL games less fun to watch

Even with replay, calls are missed left and right

It slows the game down

Football would be better without instant replay. Somewhere we evolved from ‘Let’s correct the egregious mistake’ to ‘Let’s examine every score and turnover frame by frame



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7 comments on this Post:

  • drlgl

    February 8, 2020 10:28 pm


    Doesn’t everybody want the better performance to win? Otherwise, the NFL is no better than professional wrestling when the referee just happens to turn his back when one of the wrestler’s leaves the ring to grab a chair and hit his opponent over the head with it......with the announcers screaming “Oh my God ....did you see that!!!! The referee totally missed that call!!!!!!” Bad calls make great drama and serve as awesome click bait but I wanna watch a game, not a soap opera. I really don’t want to know that one referee was investigated for fixing a previous game or was involved in another famous bad call. I really don’t want to even know who the refs are because I wanna think about the game. It’s a bad sign when a referee’s name becomes known. Very bad sign indeed.

  • Lance Casual

    June 20, 2019 6:47 pm


    I am against replay except maybe the last 2 minutes of the game. All the time replay takes, it kills momentum and excitement in my opinion...

  • BDavidWinters

    June 19, 2019 9:42 pm


    Need to pick the speed of play up. If you've ever played sports, you know how debilitating it is to the players (and audience) to stop every 5 minutes for any extended duration of time. Let's do the players and ourselves a favor and restore the integrity to the x-factor of human (official) error being simply a part of game play.

  • NeverMore1

    June 18, 2019 6:30 am


    It's about time we take advantage of all the technology we have now days. I mean, not for every play, but put a chip in the ball or something to determine where the ball is at a point of time. Get a sky judge to review. I am all for instant replay, but let's improve the system.

  • dancingbear

    June 17, 2019 12:29 pm


    The biggest problem is reviews seem to lack a common sense element. All too often I see the replay and everyone Im with and the announcers agree one way yet the nfl team in ny sees something completely different, If its obvious change it If its too close too cal go with the call on the field and finally do not take longer then a minute to decide. Between commercial time outs and extended play reviews its dragging on a game that doesn't need to. Bad calls exist in all sports but the human element is what keeps us connected otherwise watch Madden tournaments

  • Lance Casual

    June 15, 2019 9:11 am


    We should give the referees some margin of error. Mistakes are made in many different aspects of this game every day. Only referees are monitored this closely. I am against instant replay.

  • SamTheMan86

    June 15, 2019 6:46 am


    I can't tell you how many times that replay officials changed a call that was 50/50. The game was slowed down for several minutes and the changed call was as questionable as the original call. What's the point? They should scale back some of the replay, and focus on making blown calls corrected, not reviewing every debatable call. Stop creating more disruptions to the flow of the game!