Instant Replay Could Have a Bigger Impact in the NFL

The NFL wants to give more power to instant replay officials, proposing a new rule to eject players.

It feels like there is no such thing as the offseason in the NFL, as the league continues to dominate the headlines all year round. Whether it be free agency and huge contracts, mock drafts or player scandals, the NFL season really never stops.

Ultimately, this also includes rule changes, or proposed rule changes, and while officials and players are still (somehow) trying to figure out what an actual catch is, a new controversial instant replay law has been proposed. If introduced, the rule would give instant replay officials the power to eject players from the game, despite the fact that they are sitting in the comfort of the NFL offices in New York City.

While instant replay is often used to determine whether a touchdown should stand, if a catch is really a catch and which team recovered a fumble, it appears that the NFL is leaning towards giving more authority to its instant replay team.

Despite fans, players, coaches and commentators expressing their frustration with the confusion that instant replay often causes, the NFL insists that the proposed new rule will only be used to eject players for “obvious, non-football acts”.

So what constitutes a “non-football” act? A common example that has been called out is New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s late hit on Tre'Davious White of the Buffalo Bills last season:

 

Despite the severity and lateness of the hit, the league suspended ‘Gronk’ for just one game. Would an instant replay official be able to make the right call, or should this be left to the officiating matchday crew who are actually at the game?

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