Most of us watched the final play of Monday's Packer game in disbelief. We were even more troubled by the officiating crew concluding that there was not "indisputable evidence" to overturn the erroneous call. Add to that the NFL passing on the opportunity to right these wrongs, and the result is arguably an irreparable loss of trust in the league.
Query why the NFL mandates that a call can only be overturned by "indisputable evidence."
Under the law, there are three burdens of proof. First, there is "by a proponderence of the evidence," meaning more likely than not. Second, there is "by clear and convincing evidence," meaning highly and substantially more likely to be true. Third, there is "beyond a reasonable doubt," the standard used in criminal cases.
The NFL's standard, by definition, requires greater proof than "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Blog this: Why does it take more evidence to make the right decision in a football game then it takes to send a person to the death chamber?