N.B. This post is not about Mark Hall, although it involves his finals match. For the record, I believe that match was poorly reffed. I believe Bo's TD was not called properly and I believe the second stall call was not called improperly. But that's not the point of this thread.
The point of this thread is in the title.
Flo summarizes Ryan's tweets about the process and adds some context in this article. Notably, both JB and DT weighed in and agree the process is not a good one. DT mentioned it multiple times during the NCAA finals broadcast, which is notable since he is a PSU guy.
Here is what got me: "In 2017, just 17% of the coaches challenges resulted in an overturned call. In 2016 it was 14.5%, in 2015 it was 20% and in 2014 it was just 8%."
That woks out to an average of UNDER 15% per year... which is a joke.
Football is a different sport, but the NFL's video review averages a 36% rate of overturning calls after video review SINCE 1999.
Any system in which the person getting reviewed decides the outcome is intrinsically flawed. Cognitive bias is absolutely a thing, and quite well-documented and studied. How you let the same refs, who are fundamentally predisposed to be biased FOR their initial call, be the only people who determine what the video review shows is beyond me. What a stupid process.
Is it an improvement over nothing? Sure. But at an overturn rate of under 15%, it's more of an annoyance and hindrance to the flow of the sport than a revolutionary concept of fairness. Humans make mistakes. Refs are humans under intense pressure, especially at the NCAAs. The video review process must be changed to involve people who are not biased to make the call one way or the other. The refs absolutely must be involved, but maybe the sport could learn a thing or two from the NFL, which has 18 years of history tweaking video review after a ton of trial and error....
Edited by wrestlingnerd, 20 March 2017 - 11:31 AM.