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Is video instant replay the future for professional sport officiating?

If you’re a sports fan, then there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve already heard about this three or four times within the last 24 hours:

With one out to go in the bottom of the 9th inning, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game – meaning no hits and no walks – by human error.

At first glance – perhaps the batter did beat Galarraga to first, and it was an out. However, after looking back at the video production company instant replay, the runner was clearly out.

So, this fiasco obviously raised questions about whether Major League Baseball should expand video instant replay.

From my video production company side of things, I ask: How can baseball NOT expand instant replay?

The times are a-changing. Just as newspapers failed to see how the Internet was rapidly growing and made it much easier and cheaper for information to be delivered to the masses, Baseball is seemingly doing the same by dragging their feet when it comes to video replay in judgement calls.

The National Football League has pretty much embraced instant replay. You kind of have to in a sport where things get pretty rough and crazy at times. Just last night a couple of video replays of goals were big aids in helping the Philadelphia win game three of the NHL Stanley Cup finals in which there were down two to nothing. The National Basketball Association even uses replays to make sure last second shots make it in the basket before the final buzzer.

But Baseball? They made a few headlines two years ago when finally the MLB instituted video replays for close home run calls. But for some reason, Baseball is stuck in the old man mindset – the human umpire should be the final verdict. Yet, in cases like last night – it’s obvious the human umpire can commit human error.

Video instant replay is just a new tool for better and more precise officiating in sports. Why not use something that will most definitely make for fairer games and probably provide better outcomes? There’s no reason why not. Video instant replay should have been installed as the norm in all sports ages ago.

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