Author Archives: Ben Austro

Ben Austro

About Ben Austro

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of

R Ron Winter retires after 19 seasons

Referee Ron Winter is retiring after 19 seasons in the NFL. Continue reading

Simplifying complex enforcements: Breaking down Proposal No. 13

The Competition Committee simplified certain enforcement points in one of the new rule changes. Continue reading

Despite calls for major change, NFL makes simple tweaks to replay

2014 rule changes The 2014 replay process is going to be much the same as the process from 2013; the changes being made to the system probably will barely register with most fans. There were too many hurdles to implementing … Continue reading

Shawn Hochuli apparently promoted to NFL

Shawn Hochuli — son of NFL referee Ed Hochuli — reportedly has received word that he has been hired by the NFL. Continue reading

Troy Vincent named EVP Football Operations

Replaces Ray Anderson as Goodell’s “number two” Troy Vincent, the All-Pro cornerback who transitioned into an executive role in football after leaving the field, is the new NFL executive vice president of football operations. He will be the second highest … Continue reading

NFL grooming players on officiating ‘fast track’

The NFL could soon see more former players become officials. The league is sending 14 former players and one active player to a pair of officiating clinics over the next three days. The first clinic is tomorrow, March 13. It … Continue reading

NFL borrows 8th official from Big 12

The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is looking to run a trial of an eighth official as early as this preseason, according to Judy … Continue reading

Point-after-TD kicks will stand PAT, replay centralization unlikely

Competition Committee begins reviewing full agenda The NFL Competition Committee is getting a first look at its agenda, and it already seems like two proposals will be tabled for future consideration. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says the committee appears … Continue reading

Super Bowl is final game for FJ Scott Steenson, SJ Dave Wyant

Football Zebras has learned that two officials in today’s game will end their careers on football’s greatest stage. Field judge Scott Steenson and side judge Dave Wyant, both in their 23rd NFL season, intend to retire at the end of … Continue reading

10 reasons why NHL replay system not coming to NFL stadium near you

Despite chatter, NFL replay will remain under the hood It has become a groundswell in the past season to have the NFL adopt a replay review system that is centralized in the league headquarters. The common contention is that the … Continue reading