If you bet on sports like baseball, football and hockey, you know the frustration of having the outcome of a game be impacted by the poor decision of an official. Of course, sportsbook agents and online sports betting sites aren’t sympathetic to your plight when your bet goes bad as a result of such a mistake.
Referees, umpires and other officials are only human, of course, and mistakes happen. As long as there has been organized sport, there have been bad calls made by the officials presiding over them. They were once an accepted fact of the game, but now, with television and the internet making every poor call a viral sensation, the pressure is on like it has never been before.
Progress in this regard has been slow, as it was as recent as 2008 when umpires were empowered to use replay to determine if a home run ball was fair or foul, or interfered with by a fan.
Starting in 2014, instant replay will also be used for catches where the ball is trapped by a player’s glove.
Controversy continues to swirl around the issue, with fans upset when instant replay proves an official wrong, yet is ignored. This often occurs in situations like calling baserunners safe or out, fan interference on foul balls and hit batsmen.