Canadian football league fans nearly unanimously welcomed a mid season change to the coaches challenge rule that had been killing the flow of the game.
Coaches challenges of ref calls had become epidemic, culminating at Mcmahon Stadium Saturday with each head coach throwing a challenge flag on the same play. So now instead of two and possibly three challenges for each head man, coaches get one chance per game to try to have a call overturned.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I really hate all this coach's challenge bull in the <a href=”https://twitter.com/CFL”>@CFL</a>. It slows down the game way too much. Let the refs do their job. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepItFlowing?src=hash”>#KeepItFlowing</a></p>— Tim Fox (@timfox33) <a href=”https://twitter.com/timfox33/status/891462531981692928″>July 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Combined with automatic video reviews on turnovers and scoring plays, the game would grind to a halt far too many times, leading to much grumbling amongst hardcore fans. New commissioner Randy Ambrosie quickly discovered that discontent when he took the job in July and toured the team stadiums.
Like any entertainment entity, the CFL realized when those paying the freight lose interest, there goes the business. Swiftly moving at mid season to get the games moving again is smart business.