A follow-up on Passan’s piece and Selig’s dire prediction of half-a-jillion dollars to add video review to MLB. Video after jump (hope it works).
Located in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the “War Room,” as it’s called, is named for former NHL coach Roger Neilson, who pioneered the use of video for player development and practice session. Flat-screen, high-definition televisions cover the walls. There are also cubicle work stations with three smaller screens in each and additional cubicle work stations in a room across the hall. Video-review personnel monitor the video and audio feed of every on-going game. The video-review judges in each arena—who also have high-definition video feeds of each questionable goal—have a direct phone line into the War Room.
Questionable goals arise when it’s not clear if the puck hit the crossbar or the goal posts, crossed the goal line, was kicked in by a player, or knocked in by a player’s high stick. War Room personnel get involved in every review, watching the play from multiple angles, and conferring with the off-ice video judge and, on occasion, the on-ice referees. Most plays are reviewed and a decision reached in a minute or so. Some take a bit longer.