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    VARce

    The NFL use it in a better proactive way, in that each team is allowed 3 challenges in a game where the manager can ask for a decision to be reviewed. The downside is that if a decision is challenged but not overturned then the team loses one of their time outs, thus discouraging managers from making spurious appeals. As football does not have an equivalent to the time out there would need to be an alternative way to discourage appeals. This way the referees can get on with refereeing and it’s up to the teams if they want a review
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    VARce

    Bubba, I agree entirely, it is the human fallibility of referees making mistakes that adds to the passion of the game. Taking this away makes it sterile and removes some of the influence and character that past referees brought to the game. How do the powers that be think Collini or Howard Webb managed without it?
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    VARce

    For me the significant difference between how football uses VAR and how other sports use VAR in is that football uses it to try to find or confirm an incorrect or missed decision, whereas rugby uses VAR only to confirm there is no reason to overturn a decision already made. Take the games this week were the referee did not give a decision but the play was brought back, on advice from the VAR, to award a decision he had missed. This flies in the face of everything you are taught as a referee. Referees are told to have conviction in the decisions they make and as you progress you learn how
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    No fans

    Steve, because I left that job 8 years ago and went back to running my own business, plus now being in my early 60's and reducing my work as a prelude to finally switching off I see this as "leisure" time
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    No fans

    In this case it was not an NHS laptop, and no patient data was involved. Without going into chapter and verse, when you have multiple projects on the go from Galway to Kings Lynn and Swansea to North Tyneside, sometimes you just get caught short trying to be in more than 2 places at once. But, heyho that's the private sector for you With regards to the written warning I told them to stick it where the sun don't shine.
  6. Or one of them presses the big red button in the middle and it's instant promotion
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    No fans

    Chris it is not funny really, I had a laptop stolen from my car, which was in the boot, because the thieves just walk down the street with a smartphone looking for Bluetooth connections. Once they get a response then hey bingo, smash a window break in and away you go. What added insult to injury was I got a written warning from my boss, as we keep NHS data on our laptops
  8. Would that be the "X Files" or the "X Factor? Maybe Simon Cowell might make Mr B an offer he cannot refuse.....
  9. This is the same as what BT Sports do for every game other than the one being shown line. Even for the live game this done from a central production suite, no idea where but probably London area, using 6 fixed cameras, with no camera men in the ground. The total cost to BT is peanuts in the grand scheme of thins, as other then the show presenter and the colour commentator in the ground even the match commentator is sat away from the ground, he could even be in his bedroom for all we know!
  10. One of the things also to be taken into consideration is the situation when access back into the Shay begins. If this is to be for limited numbers, say 1000, will the club still be offering streaming on demand for those who a) do not have a S/T or b)those who have not been able to get a ticket. I am hopeful that if we had a limit at the start of fans being allowed back in that we could then still provide a service for those who cannot attend the game but want to watch it. It stands to reason that if the limit restricts the number of away supporters as well, that we should not cut off that
  11. So effectively we have 3 options being suggested: Refund cost of season ticket for those who wish. Pay for streaming. If we get to access the ground then pay on the gate (no priority) Carry over cost of S/T to next season and fan pays for streaming and then pay on the gate access (keeping priority where access is limited) Provide free streaming to S/T holders, with access to ground when possible. No refund and discount on next seasons S/T if required (keeping priority where access is limited)
  12. Yes that is very true. I note also that Merthyr Town were also in the teams list on the FA site. According to the competition rules teams from "offshore" leagues affiliated to the FA can be invited to play in the competiton.
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    VARce

    Yes, but there is no restart it is the end of the game. This is not the same as a goal being scored and the players trot back to the centre circle. In that situation the referee has until the play is restarted to stop the game and change the decision based, usually, on advice from one of the assistant's. We keep coming back to the question of who is refereeing the game, the man with the whistle in the middle of the park, or some faceless person sat in the stand, or even worse back in some central control room - god forbid.
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    No fans

    OK, stretch the few days to 14, and you should be over it but still would have been positive within the last 28 days.
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    No fans

    I have said this previously, you get tested positive, a few days later you get knocked over by a bus and subsequently die in hospital, what goes on the death certificate, and which set of statistics does the computer put you in?
  16. Don't forget that a S/T holder is counted in the attendance figures whether they turn up or not. So comparing streaming numbers against attendance numbers is not comparing "apples with apples". Also a single streaming user may account for multiple viewers, so again not a straight forward measure.
  17. Sounds like a "zimmer" payment, a bit like a parachute payment. We haven't fallen through the trap door yet, just shuffling towards it, but any payment might slow down the journey to dropping out of business.
  18. They should be banned, the same as for Tobacco companies. What winds me up is the spiralling rise in Bingo sites, these are thinly disguised betting companies, aiming their product at a market sector that is more vulnerable, dressed up as a fun hobby.
  19. Yes, but if the S/T was deferred and the supporter then paid for the streaming option the club would hopefully, still be able to carry some of the money forward, and as we will be playing in the EFL next season then we will have the TV money etc to make up for the gap in the budget.
  20. Bit harsh there, as the figure of £20 was only put forward as a way to try to compensate the club for the match day revenue. Admittedly, if the cost of putting on the game is less than for a normal match day then the price should be reduced accordingly. I am of the opinion that the consensus seems to be around the £10 mark, although would leave a decision to be made around how to handle the current S/T holders, either give them the option of carrying over the S/T to next season, or a refund and then pay for streaming like everyone else. If we were to get somewhere near the same number of
  21. ITMAN

    Brown

    Maybe if they have a lot of injury prone players then they will need a big squad. Let's hope that they don't bring in a salary cap or limit the squads to 20 then!
  22. I could not have put it better myself....
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