Calls for Instant Replay Intensify

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As calls for expanded instant replay in Major League Baseball intensified this fall, college football officials in the Southeastern Conference struggled with the technology at hand.

In full hindsight, it was a bad fall season for sports officiating, but a great one for advocates of instant replay. Not just any instant replay, though. Good instant replay.

An example: Oct. 31 - New York Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez hit a fly ball off a Fox Sports camera perched atop the right-field wall in Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Park during Game 3 of the World Series, only to have the blast ruled on the field as a double "off the wall." Once reviewed by umpires, with help from Fox's high-definition video feed and the control center at Major League Baseball Advanced Media in New York, Rodriguez was awarded a two-run homer, the Yankees rallied to a two-games-to-one Series lead and never looked back. Major League Baseball and its umpires had approved the position of each of Fox's 20 cameras prior to the game, with footage captured by the plunked camera actually contributing to the review process.

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