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Assignment Controversy

Reports on the controversy around the officials’ grading for the 2012 season and the assignments for Super Bowl XLVII

It never was about black or white, but whether stripes were earned fairly

Controversy not about Jerome Boger, but about broken system Special report: Super Bowl XLVII assignment controversy The NFL is defending its referee assignment system that many of its referees find is broken. “Jerome Boger was the number one rated official in 2012, and is here because he deserves to be here and for no other…

Jerome Boger confirmed for Super Bowl

Jerome Boger conducts the coin toss at a Week 5, 2012 game in San Francisco between the Bills and 49ers. (San Francisco 49ers photo)

Jerome Boger will head to New Orleans lead the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. We have confirmed the assignment that was first reported by us as rumor on Dec. 30. The entire officiating staff was told of the assignment today. Boger’s assignment is not without controversy. He was the highest graded…

Officials frozen out of playoffs learn fate

Although it won’t be until the middle of next week (at the earliest) that the Divisional Playoff assignments will be known, some officials have already been informed that their services will not be needed this postseason. While the message may be cold, it spares officials from sitting on pins and needles, and it allows officials…

HL McKenzie moved off Redskins game

Head linesman Dana McKenzie won’t have to worry about Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall this weekend. To avoid a potential issue, the league has moved his assignment some 35 miles up the road. CSN Washington reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir are saying that McKenzie is not working the Redskins home playoff game against the Seahawks,…

NFL denies playoff assignments set

The NFL is denying the Football Zebras.com report that the playoff assignments for the officials have already been decided. “Postseason assignments have not yet been determined,” said NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora. “The evaluation and grading process continues for Week 17 games. Once that process has concluded, assignments for Wild Card games…

Playoff officials won’t be best officials

Source: Jerome Boger to be Super Bowl referee Hochuli, Steratore apparently shut out of postseason In the first three weeks of the regular season, the NFL put an assorted group of officials on the field with questionable qualifications and tried to pass them off as professional caliber. That was a miserable failure. The league now…