CFL adopts instant replay

The CFL board of governors voted Tuesday to implement instant replay this season.

The CFL board of governors voted Tuesday to implement instant replay this season.

The league experimented with instant replay last season and in pre-season games.

"This program has been tested and re-tested to ensure that it fully meets our needs," said Tom Wright, whose uncertain future as CFL commissioner was not discussed during Tuesday's meeting in Winnipeg.

"During the pre-season, I think there were somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 calls. And I believe 19 of them were found to be correct on the field.

"We have always felt that our officials have made the right call. But this provides just some extra added element to ensure that the integrity of the game is protected and we get the call right."

Teams will be permitted two challenges prior to the final three minutes of regulation.

Beyond that, reviews will only be initiated by the replay official.

Teams will not be penalized for a first challenge, but an unsuccessful second challenge will cost a timeout.

Officials will have 90 seconds to render a decision.

"This instant replay technology will provide one more exceptional tool for our on-field team to ensure that our officiating will be the best it can be," CFL director of officiating George Black said.

The CFL season kicks off Friday night at Molson Stadium, where the Montreal Alouettes welcome the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7:30 p.m. EDT).

The British Columbia Lions host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Place (10:30 p.m. EDT).

Elliotte Friedman debuts as host of the CFL on CBC this Saturday (2 p.m. EDT), when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit the Toronto Argonauts at the Rogers Centre.

With files from Canadian Press