Then why have a protest process in the first place?
What is it there for?
In baseball, you cannot protest a judgement call, was it a strike or a ball, was he safe or out. You can only protest a rule, or the umpire's interpretation of it.
Its the same here, The Als are not protesting because the ref should have or should not have called holding or PI. They are protesting that(and this in my interpretation) the command center improperly disallowed the play.
The time clock was correct, and is not reviewable therefor the play should not have been disallowed.
What they should have done was
Announce the review,
Discuss that the clock was correct
Allow the play to stand.
In baseball when a game is protested and the protest is won/allowed the game is replayed from that point on....The touchdown would stand and the game would resume with about 55 seconds on the clock.
Will that happen here?....I don't know.
Should that happen here? I don't know about that either......but the Als should protest, if only for the principal of the matter.
Will this set a precedent?
No because again, you cannot protest a judgement.
The previous BC game, with the dribble, no because even though the league admitted the error, onside or offside is a judgement call.
The Flutie fumble? Nope, judgement again.
There is only one other case that I can think where a protest would be possible but I don't remember the teams
Couple of years ago, onside kick, The ref ruled it was a simultaneous touch of the ball before it went out of bound, by rule the ball goes to the receiving team....
The rule states there should have been a re kick.
That is the only other case that could have been protested.....This will not set a precedent where every losing team will protest the game.