Sometimes….a TV can be too big.

by Mike
Posted August 28th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

While techies, videophiles, and sports nuts will always go for the biggest, most crisp, and brightest TV, the first stipulation, the size can cause problems.  Basically I’m saying that sometimes, a TV can be too big.  *Gasps!*.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones whom set out with a grand vision.  The vision was to have the largest flat screen TV in the world smack dead center in his stadium.  What Jerry wants, Jerry gets.  There’s only one problem: the TV is so big that footballs have been bouncing off of the TV left and right since it was added.  It may seem funny at first, but after a while it can get to be annoying.  It’s so bad that NFL commissioners and other important NFL figures and to rewrite the rules a tad bit. 

The additions include:

If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.

“If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the replay assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning. If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the replay assistant, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.

While it’s nice and all that they’re rewriting the rules to make room for this new monstrous addition to the field, the fact that countless numbers of plays are going to be replayed when they didn’t have to. I can already picture in my head the anger fans will have when a crucial game was interrupted because this big ass TV got in the way. I love the new TV, don’t get me wrong. But are the new consequences and resulting problems worth it? Will more stadiums follow suit with TV’s just as big or bigger? What’s your call? Too big?

Source: LA Times

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