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Replay Gets 5-Year Extension


Replay will remain a part of NFL officiating for at least five more years, owners decided Tuesday at the league meetings.

The NFL's Competition Committee had recommended making it a permanent fixture.

However, owners still weren't ready to embrace replay so strongly. Instead, by a vote of 29-3, they approved putting it in place for five seasons, with coaches receiving a third replay challenge if they are correct on each of their first two challenges.

Replay came up for a vote after being put in place on a three-year basis that expired after the 2003 season. Before that, it was voted in on a year-to-year basis.

"Five years is plenty," Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson said. "I'd just as soon have gone for three years, but five years is OK."

Carolina's John Fox was the only NFL coach who was successful on both of his challenges in the 2003 season. That happened in a Nov. 2 game at Houston.

Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Kansas City voted against the five-year extension of replay. Colts coach Tony Dungy did not challenge a call last season.

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