NFL signs Hawk-Eye deal for play reviews

Deal sees Smart replay technology made available to on-field officials.

by Rory Jones

NFL signs Hawk-Eye deal for play reviews
  • Same technology is used for goal-line technology in soccer and line reviews in tennis
  • Each replay caused an average delay of more than two minutes per review during 2020 season

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed a new partnership with video technology specialist Hawk-Eye for internal officiating reviews during the upcoming 2021 season.

The league will incorporate Hawk-Eye’s Synchronised Multi-Angle Replay Technology (Smart) system to get access live video feeds from its broadcast partners, processing live plays from all angles in real time. Hawk-eye will provide several angles of a single play, which will all be synced into a live video feed.

Although the NFL’s TV partners have often used this replay technology when analysing plays, it has not been available to the replay officials until now. 

On average, each review held up the games for two minutes and 18 seconds in the 2020 season. According to NFL Network, the deal has been struck to address this by making replays as quick as possible and will not become an additional part of the game broadcast.

Hawk-Eye’s camera technology is also used in soccer, tennis, Nascar and cricket.