A look inside the NHL's replay war room. Can it work in the NFL?

Mike Murphy, NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations in NHL's

Mike Murphy, NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations in NHL's "Situation Room" on the 10th floor of the office tower attached to the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto. (John Kryk/QMI Agency)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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The NHL calls it the Situation Room. Any sports fan with a pulse would call it the Ultimate Man Cave.

The league's centralized video replay room, located on the 10th floor of the office tower attached to the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, would be one hell of a place to hold a Super Bowl party. Or any TV-watching party.

I spent an evening there in early April. Like all visitors, I came away mightily impressed by 1) the conception and execution of the operation, 2) its real-time technology, and 3) the speed of decision-making enabled by 1) and 2).

For these reasons, this system is the envy -- and, indeed, the model -- of the pro sports world.

And we mean world. In addition to the NFL, Major League Baseball and NBA, officials from even an Aussie rugby league flew halfway around the globe to check it out.


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