Officials in at least two major conferences are going to get some help this season, by the tens of thousands.
Replays, like the ones you see on from your living room sofa, will be available on stadium video boards during Southeastern Conference and Big 12 games.
In the SEC, schools can show replays from the end of a play until the beginning of the next play, except when there’s a stoppage for an official review.
At that time, the stadium video board can show replays from the television network that is broadcasting the game. The network video feed can be shown between the referee’s announcement to stop a play for the review and his announcement of the review’s outcome.
“Fans in the stadium can now see many of the same views of a play seen by fans watching on television,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.
In the Big 12, a replay can be shown up to three times.
“It includes plays that are under review, but also foul/penalties that have or haven’t been called, timing decisions at the end of game or other situations that would fall under the category of controversial play,” Big 12 associate commissioner for communications Bob Burda said.
Previously, the Big 12 and SEC allowed one real-time replay of a controversial play.
The new rule is in effect for all games in SEC stadiums. In nonconference games at Big 12 stadiums, in-house replay decisions will be determined by the home team.
The SEC announced another policy change: Bands will be permitted to be amplified until the center takes his place over the football. They can resume when the play is whistled dead. Previously, bands weren’t allowed to be amplified during the game and weren’t allowed to play once the offensive team broke the huddle.