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Ben Austro is the editor and founder of

Officiating crews for the 2015 season


Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2015 NFL season. This season, 10 new officials have been hired, with one additional hire after the NFL announcement in April. There are three veteran officials are designated as swing officials, who will move between crews through the season. John Hussey was promoted to referee…

NFL extra-point proposals: Needed fix or Trojan horse?

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The NFL owners are convening in San Francisco for their spring meeting. Usually this is a noneventful congregation of the 32 ownership interests working out some leftover pre-preseason business. This year, the owners have deferred the decision on point-after-touchdown rules from the March annual meeting to the spring meeting — a change that will have…

Remainders from Super Bowl XLIX

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Here are some leftover items from Super Bowl XLIX that have been submitted in the comments and via Twitter. All said, referee Bill Vinovich and his crew called a solid game while an epic battle played out before them. Did Bulter trip Lockette? 7:55 | 4th qtr. NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said that Seahawks cornerback…