Proposals for a Sky Judge Have Been Nixed One Day Before the Vote (UPDATE: Or Maybe Not?)

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Proposals for a Sky Judge Have Been Nixed One Day Before the Vote (UPDATE: Or Maybe Not?)

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When reports surfaced that the NFL was considering a vote on whether to add a sky judge as part of the in-game officiating process, I got excited.

So you can bet I was surprised — and disappointed — when I saw this update from NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero:

Getting geeked up about better officiating isn’t normal. But sky judge was something I was looking forward to getting passed by the league. Because as players and the game itself evolve, so do the challenges of officiating. Let’s face it, friends. Calling a fair game when things are happening as quickly as they do in the NFL is one of the toughest things to do these days. So as far as I was concerned, adding a potential eighth official to monitor was a logical and sensible idea. That proposals regarding sky judge have been pulled the day before a vote was to take place is disappointing, to say the least.

At least Pelissero offers up a nugget that the NFL is still expected to test some sort of eye-in-the-sky officiating aspect during the preseason. Ideally, it will grow into something usable in the not-too-distant future. If not, we’ll always have that time the NFL appeared to have a good idea on its hands, only to to toss it aside for reasons unbeknownst to anyone.

UPDATE: Maybe Sky Judge isn’t dead?

Well, maybe tomorrow’s vote will be interesting after all.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.