The NFL officiating was an utter disaster in 2018 and there’s no real solution in sight. The missed call in the NFC Championship Game will never be forgotten.
The Alliance of American Football, which will play its first games on Saturday, already have a plan in place to avoid potential disasters.
The AAF will have a ninth member of the officiating crew, called a sky judge who will be in the press box and can instantly correct “obvious and egregious” officiating errors.
“If you get a helmet-to-helmet spear and it’s not called on the field, it can be picked up by the ninth official,” Mike Pereira told the AP. “He has the ability to do it in real time. It doesn’t go to replay…. He can call down to the field and say, ‘Hey, spearing on No. 33 of Birmingham, 15-yard penalty, let’s go.’ It’s correcting errors on the field by another member of the officiating crew without having to go to replay to do it and having a three-minute stoppage to do it.”
The AAF has positioned itself as a developmental league for the NFL. It’s not expected to rival the NFL. Redskins QB Josh Johnson was on an AAF roster before signing with the Redskins last season.
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