The controversy over video review in sports is front-and-centre again after the Edmonton Oilers had a goal called back Tuesday late in a one-goal game in Nashville.
When asked about the call minutes after his team lost a heartbreaking game, Edmonton captain Connor McDavid said he’d like to see the coaches challenge on off-sides in the NHL taken away. I agree.
The bigger conversation is about video review in sports.
With viewers at home enjoying HD and 4K pictures, coupled with the surge and volume of social media, professional sports leagues have no choice but to do what they can to get calls right.
The question is, to what degree?
Technology now exists for a virtual strike zone in baseball. Officials could literally check a monitor for balls and strikes. Let’s hope we never go that far.
Striking the balance between the human element of officiating an getting calls right will forever be something professional sports leagues have to do to maintain integrity and fan interest.