Is Instant Replay Necessary?


On December 7, 1963, sports were revolutionized with the invention of instant replay. Fans were excited, they could finally re-watch and experience the game in a whole new way. The referees finally had a chance to be right, which they spoiled because they still somehow manage to make both teams hate them. But fans are now wondering if it would be better to get rid of instant replay. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 05: Referee Shawn Smith (14) watches the instant replay during the Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 5, 2020, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The main argument against instant replays is that they are taking out the human element of reffing. People who think this, I don’t know what game you watched where the referees were good but please send me a link so I can watch it for myself. They also say that instant replays slow down the game. If you are watching a game that you actually care about, you should be prepared to take a good two or three hours out of your day. Besides, it’s always more satisfying when the referees make a bad call and then they review and they reverse the call. 

Instant replays have made the game better. It has managed to make the percentage of bad calls or missed calls by the referees go down by a ton. The instant replays also give players and coaches time to catch their breath, and take a second to calm down, and think about the next play. Another benefit of having instant replay is that it also lets fans see the play better. If you are a huge fan of sports, then you know it is great to see why the play happened like it did and why the penalty was called if there was one. Instant replay allows the game to become more than just something we watch to entertain ourselves.It becomes something that will make or break your whole day. Everyone lives for the win. 

Instant replay is very much needed in today’s sports. Human eyes and reflexes just aren’t fast enough to be able to correctly make every call, and we need something that we can look back on to make sure that the game is fair. Instant replay is very reliable.

1 comment

  1. I love this article! It does a great job involving the reader to think about their own opinion on the topic. I also like instant replay because if I’m not paying attention to a play and they call a replay I actually can see what happened.


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