Goodell: Owners to consider changes in instant replay, pace of play

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The NFL owners meetings next week in Phoenix will bring changes to the game, and commissioner Roger Goodell has written a letter to fans letting them know what those changes may be.

Instant replay will likely be eliminating the sideline booth for officials in favor of a centralized system:

Instead of a fixed sideline monitor, we will bring a tablet to the Referee who can review the play in consultation with our officiating headquarters in New York, which has the final decision. This should improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and help speed up the process.

The replay changes emulate how MLB handles in-game reviews while giving the lead official on the field a view for input via a tablet.

Other changes proposed to speed up pace of the game include changes in commercial breaks as well as use of the play clock.

NFL owners will vote on whether to adopt suggested changes in Phoenix.

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