Even with the help of a “God camera” to give officials the best possible view on the field, the AAF is not immune to the officiating errors that have plagued the NFL.
In Sunday’s game between the Birmingham Iron and Memphis Express, a receiver for the Iron reaches out to catch the ball but only grabs it loosely.
Despite the ball appearing to touch the ground, the call on the field is ruled a completed catch.
The play was then sent upstairs for review by replay official Mark Butterworth. But even with the benefit of all available angles, decided there was insufficient evidence to overturn the call.
Alliance replay reviews offer complete transparency… and Memphis coach Mike Singletary might have some beef with this one. pic.twitter.com/ZdmKI48Va3
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 10, 2019
It seems fairly clear that the ball touched the ground before he gained possession, though.
Unfortunately, the upstart football league isn’t just trying to get players ready for the NFL. Some of the officials are trying to work their way into the top league in the country too.
The craziness wouldn’t end there as former NFL draft bust Trent Richardson went on to score the Iron’s first-ever touchdown later in the drive, and would put an exclamation point on the score by making a two-point conversion.
The game is being played on CBS Sports Network.