Officials are back: 2018 clinic begins in Dallas

  https://twitter.com/alriveron/status/1017152087895965697 The NFL officials are gathering in Dallas for a weekend clinic as they prepare for the upcoming season, which allows senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to have his entire officiating staff together prior to the start of the preseason games in August. This is the first and only

Umpire Clay Martin is the NFL’s newest referee

Embed from Getty Images Clay Martin has been promoted to the referee position, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron on Thursday. Martin was hired in 2015, along with another new referee, Shawn Smith, and worked all three seasons at the umpire position, which is commonly known to be a pipeline

Umpire Shawn Smith promoted to referee position

Embed from Getty Images Shawn Smith has been promoted to the referee position after the retirement of Terry McAulay, as announced by senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron. Smith was hired in 2015 and was hired initially as a field judge, but worked all three seasons at the umpire position, which

Jeff Triplette to join ESPN broadcast booth as rules analyst

Embed from Getty Images Football Zebras exclusive Nearly six months off his retirement, Jeff Triplette is slated to join ESPN as a rules analyst along with newcomers Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten in the Monday Night Football booth, according to officiating and network sources. Football Zebras has also learned that the NFL specifically steered ESPN

Drastic changes coming to the kickoff

In another effort to improve player safety and the prevention of injuries on special teams, but at the same time, to also keep the foot in football, a new proposal to modify the rules governing the kickoff has been made, which will be voted on at this month's Spring League

6 officials hired by NFL for 2018 season

Embed from Getty Images Senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced the NFL has hired six new officials who will officiate during the upcoming 2018 season. The new hires are Land Clark, Matt Edwards, Anthony Jeffries, Tony Josselyn, Mark Stewart, and Don Willard. All six men worked at least one