Images and video really make a difference — especially when you are dealing with 21st century sports fans.
Hockey is an acquired taste, but once you understand the finer points of the game, you come to love it.
They'll never show penalty replays. I don't think they even do this at NHL games, at least not that I've ever seen. The need for fans to understand the game better is less than the need to make a ref look bad. I know nobody has a deep desire to make the ref look bad, as far as fans go. But the NCAA or the conferences won't allow it. I'm sure they could, even if it was some wide angle, but if it's some wide angle that nobody could see anyway, then what's the point. I'm sure they could show these angles but there's no sense in even allowing for fans to disagree. The NCAA or conferences would rather just disagree and sit there with their thoughts and realize that maybe they didn't even see the play as the ref did.
Having the refs mic'd won't even help with penalties. NHL refs don't get on the mic to explain penalties. Goals yes. But as a purist, as Jon puts it, I don't need an explanation and think it only serves to slow a game down. Hockey doesn't deal with slow games as much as others. When I see replay after replay being conducted in football or baseball, I think why god why do you have to review every frickin play. As an aside, football reffing drives me batty. They can throw a flag, pick it up, and say there was no foul on the play.
There were a LOT of goal/penalty reviews in the UNO's game vs CC last night, more than I can recall ever seeing. They actually DID show a few of the penalty replays as well. One was a tripping call against UNO. People were unhappy with the call. The replay ran, and it was tripping. I heard a 'It wasn't intentional' from a few people afterwards but for the most part seeing the play quelled a lot of complaints. Now, I also heard a LOT of people complain that offsides was NOT being called on CC during the entire game. I will admit I thought at least a few times I saw that myself. But no penalty was called so no review. And not every penalty called or the 2 or 3that went under review to see if a game penalty occurred - that's something I haven't heard of before- and I don't think any of those were shown. And as far as slowing the game down, if the refs are over watching a video review then the game has already been stopped for them to do so whether or not the fans get to see it and a video exists so that it COULD be shown, even if inconclusive.
It was nice to see some replays shown on the big screen last night.
I was also surprised by the number of plays being reviewed last night "to see if it was a major" and I looked up some articles this morning because it is new.
Here's the link to the NCAA memo about this:
The weird one for me last night was the one that was reviewed for a major penalty … and wasn't even called as a penalty at all (and after review, there was still no penalty).
EDIT: After re-reading that memo, that situation is actually addressed as case study ("situation") 3.