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An in stadium first down laser....sounds like a good idea in good weather.
This post was edited by BamaTusks 18 months ago
That would be amazing. A big part of me doubts it'll ever happen, but then I slap myself for becoming an "old timer"! Haha
Thanks for sharing!
I like the idea, but only after the ball gets marked. If you have it going all the time, it could affect the mark of the ball one way or the other by the ref as he's running toward a pile to plant his foot for the mark. I would only use it to keep from wasting time bringing the chains out on the field.
My dream is to have the human element removed as much as possible. No more bad spots. No more blown FGs. No more guessing if the guy at the bottom of the pile broke the plane before his knee hit the ground. Let computers figure it out. But I realize that many people, despite the fervor with which they berate refs on calls they disagree with, would be against that kind of change.
I believe the idea is for it to functional analogously to the yellow line in broadcasts. This could be of huge benefit to QBs and receivers on third down.
I know this will never happen, but I'd like sensors on the goalline and in the football so if those "can't see football" plays happens then you'll have something to go on. I know that sound arena league like but just me.
Don't fight it. As long as you can stand during games, everybody is OK with it.
I've never understood why they don't have a camera mounted on top of one of the goal posts looking down on the goal line. They have the"eye in the sky" all over the field, why not more conclusive shots on the goal line? This is a "fixed" position for the camera and doesn't have to be operated with a group of wires. I'm sure the camera could be operated via remote or at worst, a cable run up through the goal post, down the cross-bar, then under the center padding and a camera operator with a joystick to control the view for just such an occasion.
I wouldn't like it on the field during the play. Part of what makes great athletes is instincts. I like a player who knows where he needs to get to to get the first without having to see it.
Not a bad idea, but the goalposts are still ten yards back from the goal line and therefore would still not be getting a completely conclusive angle for replay.
If I'm understanding... and I may be way off, but there would obviously have to be a sensor in the ball, which wouldn't be a problem... but how would the sensor know when the player was down in relation to the spot.
They haven't tried that yet because the old knee down would cause problems. A sensor would work on certain plays such as running out of bounds or similar plays that do not involve judging where the player was down. It would be a tool, not absolute.
That would require enhancements to the uniforms as well. The technology exists and is well within the NFL's buying power. However, the reality is that the sport is incredibly popular even with part-time employees deciding the outcomes of games and this wouldn't get any significant ROI - they'd probably lose money, in fact.
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