I Don’t Think You’re Clear On What “Ultimate Authority” Means

March 25, 2014, 6:20 pm

The National Football League is moving to a centralized replay system. That will enable referees at games to consult with the NFL’s Officiating Command Center in New York on controversial plays.

Asked Monday how the system would work if approved, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said, “It’s still a referee review; he has the ultimate authority. We’ll come to a consensus. We’re certainly not going to let him make a mistake, but the referee has the final authority on the call.”

So the referee has ultimate authority except if he’s going to make a mistake, and then he won’t.

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