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Centralized instant replay on the way for NFL

Referee Walt Coleman wears a headset to review

Referee Walt Coleman wears a headset to review a play during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Credit: AP Photo Ed Zurga

The NFL is looking seriously at changing the instant replay system, and the idea of having replays reviewed in a central location at the league’s New York offices is gaining traction.

We’re told that there is plenty of momentum for the idea, although it’s more likely that the change would be made for the 2015 season and that the 2014 season would remain the same.

Under current guidelines, replays are reviewed by the referee at each game. With the centralized system, similar to the NHL’s system of replay review, contested plays would be reviewed at the league offices. The idea is to have more consistency with replay reviews, something that can be achieved more easily when they are all being reviewed in one location.

One logistical question that league officials want answered is what happens when more than one replay review occurs at the same time involving different games. But once the details are ironed out, it appears the system will be more in line with hockey’s replay review setup.

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