One challenge is still too many.
New CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has reduced the maximum number of challenges allowed per game to one per coach.
There used to be a maximum of three per game, per coach and it was slowing CFL contests to an infuriating crawl.
Even when the challenges were sent to video review, some of the rulings didn’t correspond to what everyone saw on the replays.
During a conference call, Ambrosie conceded that video reviews weren’t expected to be perfect; they were put in place to correct any egregious mistake made by an on-field official. What video reviews have actually done is slow down the games, cause closer scrutiny and subject the officials to more criticism.
Coaches were suddenly in charge of the action, and the fans were perturbed.
Ambrosie said making such a midseason rule change needed to be simple and straightforward, but there would be a full assessment during the offseason.
When asked if the CFL could take out all video reviews, Ambrosie said that would be one of the considerations, so there’s still hope.