SEC Commissioner Releases Statement On Football Officiating

first_img Here’s part of it:The rules of football permit us to utilize modern technologies to review some, but not all, officiating calls. And while some calls are overturned, we know from our extensive review of all game films that our officials get the call right in the vast, vast majority of situations. SEC Football Officials are dedicated to their work and approach each game with integrity and focus on fairly administering the competition.But mistakes occur, and when errors happen, the next questions are, “What happens now? Where is the accountability?”SEC officials are held accountable for the overall body of their work and the work of their officiating crew, which is reviewed on a weekly basis throughout the season and on an annual basis.Ongoing performance evaluations are used to determine game assignments, postseason assignments, compensation levels and ultimately, whether an official is invited to return for the following season. You can learn more here.In addition, during the season, officials’ assignments may be altered based on in-season performance. By protocol, the SEC does not publicly announce these assignment changes.SEC Bylaws require that coaches and administrators refrain from public criticism of officials, as well as making public comments about any specific communications with the Conference office related to officiating. This is a bylaw that was enacted by unanimous vote of the SEC’s member institutions and it is the responsibility of the Conference office to enforce this bylaw by use of private or public reprimands, fines or suspensions.The letter to fans also includes an outline of how the conference has attempted to be more upfront with its process.https://t.co/Ya7Ik4CmgU pic.twitter.com/udPEwLgXyD— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 23, 2019The letter can be read in full here. A referee signaling a touchdown during a Florida Gators game.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)The commissioner of the Southeastern Conference has released a statement on the conference’s football officiating in the wake of some major criticism from several different fan bases.SEC commissioner Greg Sankey admits that criticism of the officiating has increased in recent seasons, perhaps with the rise of social media, allowing fans to voice their displeasure with calls more easily.“While officials have always faced scrutiny, the effect has been intensified in recent years with the evolution of high-definition televisions and the ability to view super slow-motion replays from multiple angles on screens of all sizes and via replays shown on monster, crystal clear in-stadium video boards,” he writes.Sankey wrote a letter to SEC football fans addressing the officiating.last_img read more

New MPs commit to work towards National Unity

Speaking at the occasion, both, the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake and the UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy, appreciated contribution of ONUR towards the workshop for newly elected MPs. The workshop, hosted by the Secretary General of the Parliament, was inaugurated by  Prime Minister and attendees included the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Members of Parliament, invited resource personnel and officials of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR).The ONUR is chaired by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and operates under the presidential secretariat. The ONUR intends to engage further with policymakers at various levels in promoting National Unity and Reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) Some of the MPs who spoke following the session conducted by ONUR also emphasized the important role played by the Office and expressed their commitment to work towards taking the message of National Unity and Reconciliation forward by way of setting up a Parliamentary Caucus. The importance of working towards National Unity and Reconciliation was endorsed by a vast majority of Parliamentarians who attended a workshop conducted at the Parliamentary premises earlier this month, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation said today​.The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) conducted a session titled “Using Parliamentary Mechanisms In Promoting National Unity and Reconciliation” on the first day of the workshop, which highlighted the importance of celebrating the diversity of Sri Lankans. read more