SEC Football: New Replay Rules Will Make Games More Enjoyable for Fans

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers returns a punt against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The game-day experience is about to be much more enjoyable for fans around the SEC.

Replays from the truck of the television network broadcasting the game will be available to be played on video boards inside stadiums throughout official reviews, according to Jon Solomon of The Birmingham (Ala.) News

In the past, schools were limited to showing one real-time replay per play in all sports.

"The change in policy will allow our fans to see more of the action, including great plays and close calls," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. "Fans in the stadium now can see many of the same views of a play seen by fans watching on television. This should add to the overall game experience for fans inside our stadiums."

Translation: The game experience just got a lot more enjoyable for college football fans.

The next big fight for football—and spectator sports of every kind—is the fight against the lure of the television broadcast. Attending games is great, but the draw of the 11-step commute to your recliner with a mini-fridge next to it in front of a 70-inch flat screen is something that live games have been battling for years—and it's only going to become more fierce as technology grows.

Making as many of the luxuries of home available to fans in attendance will go a long way toward continuing that fight.

The NFL is doing something similar this season with its "Under The Hood" feature, which gives fans in the stadium the real-time view of what the lead official is looking at during video reviews.

It is going to anger officials, but the experience of the fans is more important. 

The SEC is doing the right thing by accommodating them.