Happy New Year: May 15 marks the start of the officiating season

http://gty.im/1291138719 Pop the champagne and bust out the fireworks, as today, we ring in the new year. May 15 marks the first day of the NFL officials being “in season” following the offseason “dark period”, which begins after the Super Bowl. This period is provided to the officials as a way

11 proposals for 2021 rules changes on the table

Embed from Getty Images The NFL has released the rules change proposals from the Competition Committee and NFL teams for the 2021 annual league meeting. League owners will vote on the rules change proposals to determine if they will be implemented in the playing rules for the upcoming NFL season. A

Replay official Terri Valenti retires after 4 NFL seasons

Terri Valenti, the first female NFL replay official, has retired from the league -- confirmed by the NFL -- after serving 4 seasons as a replay official on crews led by referees Tony Corrente, John Hussey, and Craig Wrolstad. Valenti, 60, officiated in both the United Football League and Arena

Officiating crews for the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating rosters for the two remaining college invitational all-star games: the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl. While NFL scouts and teams will evaluate players again this weekend, the NFL will use the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. to evaluate some of its developmental officials

Carl Cheffers is the referee for Super Bowl LV. Sarah Thomas becomes the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl

Football Zebras has confirmed that Carl Cheffers will be the referee for Super Bowl LV in Tampa. Cheffers, 60, is in his 21st season and 13th as referee. This is Cheffers’ 15th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships. He previously officiated Super Bowl LI

Torbert, Cheffers, Martin, and Hochuli are Divisional Playoff referees

Football Zebras has confirmed the referees 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. This year, the NFL has moved

Procedures for assigning mixed crews for the NFL playoffs

The process of assigning playoff officials has been largely a secret, with some of the details not even shared with officials. However, there is a general framework that has been established by the league and the officials’ union.  Sources have told Football Zebras that senior vice president of officiating training and development