The couch is the best view in the house… at least for seeing what really happened after a play. The replay gives viewers at home a much better view of what happened than any other fan in the game, and likely a better view than any referee got.
Internet connectivity is spreading to more schools and live-broadcasting is becoming a less-expensive thing to do, so Internet broadcasts of West Virginia high school athletic events are becoming more common. In the Kanawha Valley, the Regional News Register is producing the WCHS “Web Extra” game of the week, which was the Huntington vs Cabell Midland football rivalry last week. RSN Sports handles many broadcasts around the state, including the state quarterfinal and semifinal basketball games last year. MetroNews handles the basketball championship game telecast as well as the radio broadcasts for all tournament games.
Video replay is used in almost every major sport now. At the college level, the NCAA voted over the summer to expand its video replay rules to allow officials to use replay to determine which player committed a foul; it could already be used to determine whether a shot was a two or three-point shot, whether a shot beat the buzzer, and which player was fouled. There are no rules on the books in West Virginia regarding video replay, but technology has caught up with the books. There needs to be a rule, but what should the rule be? Let us know:
Should video replay be allowed for official review in games that have a TV crew? (select up to three answers)
- Yes, always (75%, 3 Votes)
- No, never (25%, 1 Votes)
- Only in the state tournament (25%, 1 Votes)
- Only if it's a live, not tape-delayed, broadcast (25%, 1 Votes)
- Only if both coaches agree to it before the game (25%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 4
Voting ends Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.