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NFL stadiums to show same video replays referees see during reviews

The NFL is pulling back the curtain on video reviews. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

But now fans at NFL stadiums will get to see those angles, too, and at the same time as the referee.

The NFL competition committee approved a new measure that will require all stadium video boards to show the exact same replay the lead official is viewing on the sideline monitor during a challenge or review.

Sorry in-house video guy, but your attempts to sway the jury by not showing the replay where the ball hits the ground on a home team fumble are no longer needed.

“I think this is another example of the league listening to its fans about what they want from the in-game experience,” Atlanta Falcons president and committee chairman Rich McKay told’s Pat Yasinskas. “I think throughout this edition of replay, the league, the teams and our broadcast partners have done a nice job of using the available technology to make the game better and make the experience better for the fans.”

Last year, the league made every scoring play reviewable in the latest update to a replay system that was reintroduced in 1999. McKay said a review of all of last year’s replays showed that the right call was made close to 99 percent of the time.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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