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Nebraska to use replay in high school football title games

May 17, 2019 / Football
Nebraska will begin using replay reviews in high school football championship games beginning next season.

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The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Board of Directors on Thursday voted 8-0 to adopt instant replay for the six state title games held each November at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Reviews will only be initiated by replay officials in the press box, and reviewable plays will be similar to those in the college game.

Twenty states allow for instant replay in high school championship football games, but none use it during the regular season. Some obstacles include proper equipment — especially at small, rural schools — and the staff to effectively film the action.

The NFHS earlier this year adopted rules that allow for states to use instant replay in postseason contests only. Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox told the Indianapolis Star that as technology develops and becomes more accessible, it’s possible the use of replay could be expanded in the future.

“There are a lot of questions to answer,” he told the Star, “but I think it is something that could grow over time.”

Read more about what’s taking place in Nebraska.

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