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- Sep 30, 2004
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Overwhelmingly, owners make rule permanent
By Jimmy Smith/The Times-Picayune
PHOENIX -- Bad news for football purists: NFL owners voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to make instant replay a permanent part of the league's rule book.
By a margin of 30-2, with Cincinnati and Arizona dissenting, owners agreed to replace leaguewide outdated replay equipment with high definition technology that will be available to game officials beginning with the start of the 2007 season.
The existing system, which features coaches' challenges and booth challenges inside the last two minutes of a half or game, was only approved through the 2008 season.
"It has been a long time coming," said Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee and Atlanta Falcons president and general manager. "Instant replay is now a part of our game on a permanent basis. It made sense to us that this was the year to do it.
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