A new replay system is coming to the SEC.
As announced by the league on Tuesday, a collaborative process for instant replay will begin Thursday night when Tennessee hosts Appalachian State and Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina. As part of this new system, employees working from SEC headquarters will help the in-stadium instant replay officials when replay decisions are made.
Here’s more from an SEC release:
The SEC’s offseason decision to implement this new instant replay process came following a unanimous vote of the league’s athletics directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee at SEC Spring Meetings in June.
“Our goal is to continue to use the best-available resources to support correct outcomes when instant replay is used,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said upon approval of the initiative. “We believe the collaborative effort, which will involve additional officiating experts during replay reviews, will enhance the Conference’s football officiating program. I believe this update to the instant replay review process will better support football officiating in the SEC through the use of technology.”
This new replay system will relay two video feeds back to the SEC’s central review location, both the live program feed and a live view of the replay official’s monitor at each stadium will be relayed back to the SEC’s video center at the conference’s headquarters. Each week, three collaborative replay officials will staff the video center, and they’ll communicate with the in-stadium replay official to figure out the result of reviews. Individual technicians also will be assigned to monitor games in the video center.
Be sure to read the entire release to learn more about the changes. You can bet instant replay will play a key role at various times throughout the season. The more eyes fixed on the action, the better.
It will be interesting to follow this development.
Here’s a look inside the video center:
A look inside the SEC Video Center, where the new collaborative replay process will take place! pic.twitter.com/6yzOi8PHzf
— SEC (@SEC) August 30, 2016