Big Sky adds instant replay for football, hoops

BIG SKY CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE
 
OGDEN — Replay for football & basketball officials will be available for every game held in a Big Sky Conference venues, league commissioner Doug Fullerton announced Saturday.
 
The Big Sky Conference has signed an agreement with DVSport, the industry leader in officials’ replay to provide equipment at all 13 league football stadiums, and 12 basketball arenas.
 
“Not only is replay becoming more prevalent in the rule book, but there is also an expectation that replay will be used when fans watch a game on TV or attend a game,’’ said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “We put a very high-quality product of college athletics on the field, and having replay for our officials will only increase the experience for fans, coaches and student-athletes. I commend the presidents and administrators of our universities for understanding the importance of this technology, and investing the resources to make this a reality.’’
 
Replay is currently used in every Football Bowl Subdivision Conference and in the Football Championship Subdivision postseason. Several FCS conferences have begun implementing replay for some or all games during the regular-season.
 
Over the past several months, Big Sky Conference institutions have been prepping areas in their respective facilities to be used for replay equipment and personnel. Big Sky Conference director of football officials Karl Richins has identified, hired and trained specific replay officials that will travel throughout the year with the same seven-man officiating crews.
 
“We see the value in having the same replay official work with the same officiating crew throughout the season,’’ Fullerton said. “That person upstairs plays a vital role in working with our on-field officials.’’
 
The 2015 college football season opens on Saturday, Aug. 29, when the Montana Grizzlies play host to North Dakota State in the second annual “FCS Kickoff” on ESPN.
 
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