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NFL retires Jerry Seeman’s jersey number

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No. 70 will never be worn again by an official The NFL made history this weekend at its officiating clinic in Dallas, as it announced that it will retire the number 70 jersey in honor of former NFL referee and supervisor of officials, Jerry Seeman.  Seeman worked Super Bowls XXIII and XXV as a referee,…

NFL announces 2014 officials

This post has been updated to reflect changes in the 2014 officiating staff after the initial announcement. The NFL has announced its 2014 roster of officials (full list below after the jump).  The roster features 12 new hires.  Earlier we reported that 11 officials were not going to return to the field for 2014. Field…

Happy May 15: 2014 season begins for NFL officials

May 15 is a significant date for NFL officials.  It is the first day that the NFL starts communicating with their men in stripes.  As part of the union’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL does not communicate with officials from January 1 to May 15 of each year (with the exception of playoff assignment communications),…

NFL discontinues officiating observer program

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Modern communications makes position redundant The NFL has discontinued its game observer program starting for the 2014 season.  Retired NFL officials usually filled these positions.  The eight game observers were informed that their services were no longer required after the 2013 season. Don Carlsen is a former NFL side judge who retired after the 2012…