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NFL Makes Change to Replay Review Process



NFL owners passed an amendment Tuesday at the Spring League Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, that will tweak the current instant replay review process.

On-field officials can now receive assistance from the NFL league offices in New York during certain in-game situations.

The full details can be found here, but the amendment states the following:

*The Replay Official and designated members of the Officiating Department at the League office may consult with the on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock. *

In addition, the four categories listed above at the end of the paragraph can now be reviewed by officials.

A pair of other proposed changes did not pass.

A bylaw change proposal to allow review of video on Microsoft Surface tablets was presented and then tabled at the Annual League Meeting in March in Boca Raton, Florida.

The issue was tabled again Tuesday for another year. Rules currently allow review of still images on the tablets that have replaced quick-print photographs.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said earlier this month that he prefers having still images on the sideline rather than video.

Additionally, Washington's proposed rule amendment to eliminate the 75-man roster cut down during the preseason was denied. Rosters will go from 90 to 75 to 53 in stages from camp to the regular season.

Super Bowl sites determined 

With Super Bowl LI set to be played in Houston in 2017, Minneapolis is on deck for the big game in February 2018.

The league awarded the next three Super Bowl sites on Tuesday.

Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, two years after the Falcons open Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Super Bowl LIV will be played in South Florida in 2020 before the Super Bowl returns to Los Angeles in 2021 for the first time in almost two decades when Southern California hosts Super Bowl LV.

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