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Gary Bettman On the Coach’s Challenge

from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,

“It starts with, which is more important, to be fast or to get it right?” Bettman said. “I know there’s been some criticism about, ‘Get rid of the whole system! It takes too long!’ The fact of the matter is, does it really matter if the skate is this much offside? Well, yeah, it matters. Frankly, if we don’t get it right, and it’s an important or deciding factor in the game, we’re going to hear about it.”

Bettman is right about this. There are calls from decades ago that still draw the ire of hockey fans. Not all would be subject to review or challenge under the current system, but getting more calls correct is a reasonable objective. Sacrificing a little bit of time in the name of fair competition is a worthwhile thing.

“It’s a close call sometimes, and sometimes it’s a hard call to make,” Bettman said. “Our guys are doing the best that they can to get it right. That’s the most important thing. The more we do it, the faster it will get. We added cameras on the goal line for the playoffs. We added cameras in the crossbar. We’re constantly trying to move forward with the technology that’s available to us.”

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Down River Dan's avatar

How come we never get to see these cameras in the goal posts and crossbar on tv? I don’t recall seeing either of these camera views on replays.

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/22/16 at 03:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Bettman is absolutely and categorically 100% correct on this issue.

The fans saying “scrap it” are the same one to whine the loudest and most often for a blown call.  Getting it right *IS* the most-important thing, no matter how long it takes.

How come we never get to see these cameras in the goal posts and crossbar on tv? I don’t recall seeing either of these camera views on replays.

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/22/16 at 04:23 PM ET

IIRC they showed the crossbar camera multiple times in the DET-TB series on FSD.  I don’t know about the goalpost camera itself.  You don’t realize it at first though, because truthfully it doesn’t look *that* different from many of the other angles we’ve already gotten used to seeing in recent years.  But I’m pretty sure Ken Daniels noted that it was a crossbar camera before showing a reply or two.

That’s not to say it’s always available outside of closed-circuit.  There are logistical challenges with that sometimes on the broadcast end until something becomes less-new and more commonplace.  I sometimes don’t think people know what all goes into a live telecast, especially now that online streaming is also involved as yet another layer.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/16 at 06:16 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Bettman is absolutely and categorically 100% correct on this issue.

The fans saying “scrap it” are the same one to whine the loudest and most often for a blown call.  Getting it right *IS* the most-important thing, no matter how long it takes.

Is it, tho? Why does everything have to go to video review? In baseball, do we want to switch to a ball/strike video review? Because that’s where we’re headed. Getting stuff wrong is part of the game. It happens. But now we have to wonder if somebody had their skate in the air—which is on-side, technically. For the review, tho, the skate has to be on the ice.

Poorly conceived, poorly executed.

Posted by Steeb on 04/22/16 at 09:20 PM ET

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