NFL hires Maia Chaka, the league’s first Black woman official The NFL is quickly setting new milestones with the hiring of Maia Chaka as an on-field official for the 2021 season. She will be the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game. Chaka was officially announced in a segment of NBC's Today show. The hiring comes just months after the

Gerald Austin is out as head of Conference USA officiating

Football Zebras has confirmed that former NFL referee Gerald Austin has left his post as coordinator of football officials for Conference USA. The conference posted the job opening to their website today. "Gerald's role is going to change, but he will continue to work with Conference USA," said Russ Anderson, assistant

Bob Boylston, 2-time Super Bowl umpire, dies at 81

Robert W. Boylston, 1939-2021 Former NFL umpire Bob Boylston, known for his dry wit delivered in a thick Southern drawl as much as being one of the top umpires in the league, died Thursday at the age of 81. It is the second loss of a highly recognized NFL official at

Referee Clay Martin hospitalized

Referee Clay Martin, who entered quarantine two weeks ago prior to a Monday night game he was scheduled to officiate, has been hospitalized in Tulsa, Okla., near his hometown. Martin has been on the league's covid list, according to a report on Dec. 21 in the Tulsa World, after he was

2020-21 bowl officiating assignments

Football Zebras is obtaining the officiating assignments to the 2020-21 bowl games and reporting them here. In a normal year, the Power Five conferences receive five bowls, other conferences receive three, with a fourth assignment rotated annually. Several bowls scheduled for this season have been canceled due to the coronavirus

NFL looking to close gaps in roughing-the-passer calls

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the officiating department to take a closer look at roughing the passer fouls -- both called and uncalled -- in order to provide more consistency and protection to the quarterback position. The officiating department is looking at two ways to adjust mechanics that recognize