Agreed. It seems much more streamlined in soccer with VAR. easily half the time, if not more than half.
In fact, the NFL reviews scoring plays and sometimes they have to hold up the point after attempt just to make sure. When the call is right, it takes only a few seconds, no big announcement, no challenge flags. The same process should just as easily be applied to feet down in bounds, catch or not, etc... You really can tell often on first or second angle on TV. It shouldn’t involve all the procedural BS that makes the game momentum grind to a halt.
I don’t know why the same technology that can tell you exactly on what side of the line a tennis ball served at 120mph on, bounces, within 2 seconds. But they can’t apply that to where a toe, a foot touches, at far less speed.
Yeah, the process of the referee going to the replay screen is goofy. The ref doesn't control the replay, he's asking for angles and loops, etc. It's just such a stupid setup. An official upstairs that has commanding knowledge of how to use all the replay angles, can step frame by frame when needed, etc. can make the calls faster and with more accuracy. And that person doesn't have to worry about the fall out of overturning another crew member's original call.
They also need to find a way to make sure there are cameras that are perfectly in line with the goal line, the sidelines, the end lines, etc. Even the first down marker. The concept of parallax is real.
Drives me crazy when a broadcast team tries to definitively say the ball was short of or past the line of gain / goal line, when you can tell the camera angle is off and it's impossible to know for sure because of that.