DESTIN, Fla. — The future is now for stadiums in the Southeastern Conference.
The SEC will begin offering the same replays shown to officials in the booth on the big screens in all SEC stadiums this upcoming football stadium, the SEC announced at its annual spring meetings.
The plan was discussed over the last several years by the Working Group on Fan Experience headed by Mississippi State athletics director Scott Stricklin. The SEC previously only showed replays from the television feed on big screens inside stadiums. That will no longer be the case.
“Sometimes you show it on the video board and TV people at home are seeing something on TV that is just different from what the replay folks are looking at,” SEC associate commissioner Herb Vincent told SEC Country. “Now you can actually have people in the stands see what it is and maybe they’re looking at something different than they would have seen before. It’s more information.”
Some SEC institutions have refused to show replays of controversial plays that may go against their home teams. That will not be the case going forward, Sankey said. In fact, he’s been telling SEC programs to stop that practice over the last year.
“I’ve had to jump up from my seat and say you can’t do that,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. “That same reality is with us still.”
The SEC has not yet decided if there will be a limit on how often the replays will be shown on the in-stadium video scoreboards.