Horizon League upgrades to HD, will implement instant replay

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The Horizon League made a sizeable technological leap forward this week, approving the installation of high-definition equipment to broadcast all Horizon League Network telecasts.

The conference’s athletic directors unanimously approved the move. In addition, the league is looking to implement instant replay capabilities for men’s and women’s basketball.

“This is a major step forward as we seek to remain on the cutting edge of web-based telecasts with the Horizon League Network,” commissioner Jon LeCrone said in a release. “The new instant replay system will benefit our officials, teams, coaches and fans. We want to ensure that we are doing all that is technologically possible regarding important game situations.“

The league is partnering with WebStar Productions, which will help install new equipment at member schools and implement online upgrades.

“We are gratified that the athletic directors recognize the value of the Horizon League Network and are willing to make this investment,” WebStream Productions founder and CEO John Servizzi said. “We are proud of our role in making the Horizon League a recognized leader in intercollegiate athletics video streaming.”

The move expands the Horizon League’s investment in online media through HorizonLeague.com, where the conference already streams events spread across 19 sports.

Bigger than the high definition development, though, may be instant replay.

Though traditionalists may continue to push back, instant replay implementation has been a positive force, especially in buzzer-beater situations.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_