Is the NFL really that poor? This is ridiculous. How much money do you think it would cost the NFL to install goal line cameras? I am willing to bet it is less that Eli Manning’s 6 year/$95 M contract.
Mike Pereira (VP of NFL Officiating) was on NFL Official Review and had this to say;
The NFL will not be installing their own cameras and it would not be right to ask the networks to install cameras because they have a job to do which is to present the game the best they possibly can to the millions of people watching
You can watch the video clip.
What a copout. How is installing their own cameras on the goal lines going to affect the networks ability to broadcast the games? So what’s the reason? He never tells us why they will not install the goal line cameras.
This Is Not A New Argument
On Yahoo Answers someone claims money to be the reason the NFL doesn’t have goal line cameras. The NFL has enough money to pay for the cameras if they wanted them. I see no need for someone to actually run them. They can be mounted and in a set position and only used for challenges.
In 2005 Belichick called for goal line replay cameras after a game against the Carolina Panthers where Stephen Davis fumbled before reaching the goal line, but was credited with a touchdown. I have to agree with Bill when he says: "The only way you're going to get a good, true evaluation of that play is to put a camera parallel to the goal line."
In 2008 Kink Kaufman complains about the absence of goal line cameras. Kaufman thinks that the NFL should make the easy fixes to the replay system. He goes on to say that most people are ready to blame it on the referees, but “Usually, it's not that the refs are bad. It's that they're operating in a bad system.”
I think we need to get the NFL to notice how much the fans want Goal Line Cameras and they will have to answer at some time. The list goes on and on. So I think we just need to get a poll out there and see what the fans think. Maybe the NFL is listening.
Should The NFL Install Goal Line Cameras
- Yes (85%, 60 Votes)
- No (15%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 71
Thanks to Scott Abelman for the close up of the Washington Redskins End Zone.