New changes likely 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

Competition Committee studying targeting, QB protections, catch process, and ‘non-football illegal acts’ for potential rule changes

Three weeks fresh off Super Bowl LII, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron, the eight-man Competition Committee, and commissioner Roger Goodell have already begun reviewing certain plays of note from the 2017 NFL season in preparation for the owners' meeting in March, where rules changes and points of emphasis

Walt Anderson is the referee for the 2018 Pro Bowl

Walt Anderson has been selected as the referee for the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.       Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation R 66 Walt Anderson 22   Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist U 115 Tony Michalek 16 Hussey Indiana communications specialist, USA Football officiating director DJ 37 Jim Howey 19 (swing) Erskine College director of adult education LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 21 Hussey Glassboro State vice president, novelty cone company FJ 82 Buddy Horton 19 Corrente Oregon State water service worker SJ 26 Jabir Walker 3 Allen Murray State math teacher BJ 5 Jim Quirk 8 Cheffers Middlebury financial

Gene Steratore is confirmed as referee for Super Bowl LII

Gene Steratore will be the referee heading the Super Bowl LII officiating team on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. The assignments were officially given to the crew today, and this will be Steratore’s first Super Bowl assignment. Steratore worked the Divisional Playoff game between the Saints and Vikings, which included a wild finish where Minnesota stole

Clete Blakeman and Ed Hochuli will officiate Conference Championships

Football Zebras has confirmed that Clete Blakeman will lead the crew for the AFC Championship game and Ed Hochuli will be the referee in the NFC Championship. In an interesting development, several officials have received their second on-field playoff assignment for this season. Traditionally, those officials who receive two playoff assignments

Vinovich, Torbert, Allen, and Steratore will lead Divisional Playoff crews

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation. All times are Eastern. Three alternates are assigned to