Indisputable Evidence?

Putting the NFL's burden of proof into perspective.

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?

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Keith Schmitz September 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
So the NFL says that Golden Tate's catch stands, despite the fact that the rest of us have eyes. It is a shame that the League is so intent in busting the referees' union that they are willing to risk damage to their brand. This is so applicable to the society at large. That, from an organization that is a triumph of socialism.
Bob McBride September 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Talk about a stretch. It was a bad call made at a football game. It's got nothing to do with "the law", death chambers, unions or socialism.
Keith Best September 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The quality of these refs is akin to a community organizer running the world's largest economy. NOBAMA2012!
Bob McBride September 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
And you're making no more sense than Martin or the other Keith. It's a football game, not a life lesson.
Bill Sweeney September 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The NFL is now accepting applications to work as referees in NFL games. Requirements for the job include, but are not limited to, poor judgment, limited impulse control, marked difficulty in retaining information as are found in lists of rules and procedures, and a relaxed, if not slovenly, attitude toward time management.


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