CFL and NFL expand development program for 2017

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL announced that the officiating department's development program with the Canadian Football League will be expanded this summer. The NFL and CFL launched an exchange program last summer which saw the NFL send officials to work some early season games in the CFL. In return, a

Unusual substitution call brings forth a substitute judgment call

Embed from Getty Images   This past Sunday during the playoff game between Dallas and Green Bay, there was a somewhat controversial substitution infraction called against the Cowboys. The penalty was called because Cowboys receiver Brice Butler came off the sideline, entered the huddle, and left the field without participating in the

Court decides protested call in Illinois playoff game

The Illinois High School Association playoffs last Saturday ended in a way very similar to a game between Central Michigan University and Oklahoma State earlier this year. In the Class 7A semifinal (the second-largest class) between Plainfield North High School (Plainfield, Ill.) and Fenwick High School (Oak Park, Ill.), Fenwick had the ball

Examining the case for full-time officials

Embed from Getty Images   The 2016 NFL season is now just over the halfway point, and one of the most consistent storylines of the season has been the decline in TV ratings. Naturally, the first items looked at are the quality of play on the field and the current officiating practices.

Sherman’s hit at the end of the game is legal

After a controversial set of plays earlier in the game, Walt Anderson's officiating crew was presented with another controversial call as the Bills failed to convert on 4th and goal at the end of the game. As the fourth-down play unfolded, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hit and knocked down Bills