Think You Have What it Takes to be an NFL Referee? New Instant-Replay Exhibit Gives You Firsthand Experience at National Press Club
Harris Corporation High Definition Instant Replay System on Display in Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2007 — Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a National Football League (NFL) referee? Members and visitors at the National Press Club in Washington, DC can now experience firsthand some of what NFL referees encounter when making an important call.
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), provider of the NFL’s new high definition (HD) instant replay system, has created a realistic, hands-on exhibit that allows visitors to “go under the hood” and view the video images that referees are examining as they scrutinize close calls on the field. Located in the Press Club’s main lobby, the display is designed to the specifications of the actual new instant-replay field units, and simulates the referees’ experience as they scrutinize the calls coaches have challenged.
The new HD instant replay systems are already in use at 28 stadiums nationwide — providing referees with video images that are five times sharper and 20 percent larger than the standard definition systems they replaced. The systems are located on the fields and in stadium replay booths, which are staffed by replay officials, a video technician, a video operator and a communicator.
The 2007 NFL season marks the first time referees in any sport are using HD format video systems to review close calls.
Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said, “Our referees are now able to see images much more clearly, giving reviews in critical situations the level of scrutiny they truly deserve. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone — the coaches, players and the fans.”
The National Press Club is located at 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC. For further information about the NFL instant replay exhibit, contact the Club at 202-662-7500 or Harris Corporation at 321-727-9131 or www.harris.com.
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