clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The long, strange, maddening history of instant replay in sports

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

After 16 games, dozens of touchdowns, and countless hits, the Dallas Cowboys 2014 season came to an end in January when officials, reviewing an instant replay, decided a mind-imploding reception by all-star wide receiver Dez Bryant was in fact not a reception at all. The decision seemed illogical at the time. How had officials used such powerful technology to make such a seemingly asinine call?

This year, instant replay will continue to play a pivotal, if not maddening, role in professional football, along with the other major league sports that have adopted to technology into their officiating. To explain the history of instant replay, and its current role inside of sports, I invited SB Nation’s Dan Rubenstein to the show.

Subscribe to What's Tech? on iTunes, listen on SoundCloud, or subscribe via RSS. And be sure to follow us on Twitter. You can also find the entire collection of What's Tech? stories right here on the The Verge Dot Com.