CFL to consider video review
The CFL's board of governors will consider a recommendation that all scoring plays be subject to replay review starting this season.
The league's rules committee tabled the proposal Thursday at the CFL congress to include all touchdowns, field goals, converts, singles and safeties.
"Entering our seventh season using replay review and fourth season using the command centre, we feel it's a logical step to introduce an automatic review of all scoring plays," Tom Higgins, the CFL's director of officiating, said in a statement. "Scoring plays have a great impact on the outcome of a game and putting in additional measures to ensure those calls are correct is prudent.
"When considering these types of changes, we also must consider the flow of the game and the duration of any challenge. For the vast majority of scoring plays, we believe that the replay official will confirm the scoring plays before the next play without a delay."
The rules committee is also proposing if a ballcarrier's helmets comes off during live action, the play should be blown dead immediately. Should the helmet of any other player come off, that player will no longer be allowed to participate in a play.
If he does, he will be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation. Any player hitting an opponent not participating because of a lost helmet will receive a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
"Every year we task our rules committee to discuss ways to improve our already great game," said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon. "The safety of our players is paramount and we continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways within our rule book to make the game safer for our athletes."
The board of governors is expected to vote on the proposals later this spring.