Instant replay becomes experimental Owners will review findings in 1997

March 14, 1996|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

PALM BEACH, Fla. - Commissioner Paul Tagliabue decided yesterday the NFL will experiment with instant replay this season.

After the owners couldn't reach a consensus on replay, Tagliabue announced the league will conduct the experiment and then present the results to the owners next year when they will decide whether to implement a plan in 1997.

The experiment will be used on a dress-rehearsal basis during the exhibition games on national television when the coaches will be allowed to challenge calls and the referee will view them on a sideline monitor.

The system will be used on a simulated basis during the regular season without involving the coaches or the referee.

The NFL had replay from 1986 to 1991, but threw it out in 1992. Under the old system, all plays were subject to challenge. In the experimental system, only scoring, sideline and change of possession plays will be reviewed.

Houston vote on hold

The owners decided to delay until a later meeting whether to approve the move of the Houston Oilers to Nashville, although it is a foregone conclusion the owners will approve the move. The matter also is expected to go to referendum in May, but Nashville officials are confident it will pass.

No action was taken on Seattle's proposed move to Southern California, but Seattle officials presented a report that there is no earthquake risk to the Kingdome.

Seattle is going to court to try to enforce its lease with the Seahawks that has 10 years to run.

The Seahawks are in the process of moving their practice facilities to the old Rams complex in Anaheim, although the courts might force them to play in Seattle this fall.

Chop block modified

In the only matter the owners voted on as they wrapped up their meeting, they amended the chop block rule to make it safer for defensive linemen. But they decided the play when Dallas' Erik Williams injured Green Bay's John Jurkovic in the playoffs is still legal.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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