Hawk-eye’s Vision Extends To Soccer And Beyond

Assistant Referee Lee Probert holds a watch linked to the Hawkeye system before the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Darren Staples

The system fulfils the wish of many an armchair fan by offering the video referee a parallel feed running two seconds behind the live feed, effectively allowing for an instant review of a contentious incident that was only half-glimpsed. For now, the Dutch trial is being used only to test the speed and reliability of the system, not to intervene in matches. Hawkins said the trial aimed to answer a specific question: “On how many decisions could a video referee assist the on-field referee without slowing the game down?” ARGUMENTS RAGE ON Hawk-Eye, which makes core profit of 4.5 million pounds ($7.23 million) on annual revenues of between 15 and 20 million, sees Major League Baseball (MLB) as one potential new market. Baseball already uses instant replays to judge whether home runs have been scored, and is now looking at extending the system to judge whether runners make it safely to base or not. Hawk-Eye, which employs 70 people at its base in the southern English town of Basingstoke, plans to set up an office in Boston as part of a push into American markets. Despite the advances of technology, arguments over close calls are unlikely to disappear — which may be good news for fans who like an argument, and the media who feed that appetite.
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