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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Big Ten can show replays in stadiums

By Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten will allow its member schools to show unlimited replays on stadium video boards beginning this season as part of an effort to upgrade the game-day experience.

Big Ten schools previously had limited in-stadium replay opportunities and typically didn't show controversial calls by officials. They also couldn't show replays at less than 75 percent of real-time speed. The new policy, approved by the Big Ten's football game-day experience subcommittee, places no restrictions on replays or the speed at which they're shown on the video boards.

"Our goal on game day is to blend the best parts of an in-stadium experience with the best parts of an at-home experience," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "Enhanced replay is just one way to do that and we look forward to making it available to our fans this year."

The league also is encouraging its institutions to provide full Wi-Fi service throughout the stadiums, upgrade in-stadium video content and create social media lounges in their stadiums. Last season, Big Ten average attendance declined to 70,387, the league's lowest mark since the 2008 season.