Exclusive: NFL visits NHL's 'Situation Room' as it mulls centralized replays

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman throws his challenge flag as referee Ed Hochuli (85) and head...

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman throws his challenge flag as referee Ed Hochuli (85) and head linesman Mark Hittner look on during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field September 15, 2013. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

If the NFL scores with a centralized video-review operation starting next season, give an assist to the NHL.

QMI Agency has learned that an NFL officiating representative has been in communication with the NHL for about a month, and spent the evening of Nov. 30 in the NHL’s “Situation Room” in Toronto to see first-hand how the hockey league conducts video reviews from myriad, concurrent games using cutting-edge, real-time technology.

On Wednesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said his league’s Competition Committee is studying the viability of perhaps switching to a system of reviewing video from a central location.

As it is now, a replay official in the press box at each NFL game assists the on-field referee, who after watching replays himself from a video tent on the sideline ultimately decides whether to uphold or overturn the call.


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