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IN BRIEF : NFL Owners Extend Instant Replay, Whistle Dead Idea for an Asterisk

<i> From Times wire services </i>

NFL owners voted today to continue their instant-replay experiment for a fourth straight year, approving a one-year extension by a 24-4 vote.

The 24 votes were three more than the three-quarters needed and the most the experiment ever has received.

However, owners declined to include an experiment that would have an asterisk included on the videotape indicating the exact moment the referee whistled a play to a stop. That would have permitted a precise review of plays to determine, for example, if a play was blown dead before a fumble occurred.

“We thought it would just further complicate the matter,” Mike Lynn, general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, said.

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