In a joint statement from CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and senior officiating director Darren Hackwood, the league makes the role and standard of the command centre clear for the 2019 season.
The Command Centre will focus on only overturning calls or non-calls made on the field where a clear and obvious mistake has been made. In other words, we do not want the game officiated from the Command Centre. The officials on the field have the best sense of the game and usually have a superior vantage point compared to a camera on the sidelines or in the stands.
The Command Centre is just a “back up” to correct clear and obvious mistakes – what are sometimes called egregious errors. Simply put, you shouldn’t have to watch something several times, or watch at different speeds, if it is clear and obvious. We want to keep the length of Command Centre reviews reasonable. We do not want video review to slow the pace or flow of the game.
Watching players stand around while the Command Centre looks at a play for a long time is simply not fun. We also want to reduce the total number of challenges by making sure our coaches know they should not use a challenge to simply seek a second opinion; they should only use it to challenge clear and obvious mistakes. Like every player and every official in every game, no standard is perfect. But we believe this approach is in the best interests of our great game.
The competency of the CFL replay system has been questioned many times in the past. No one is perfect but the mistakes need to be minimized.