When teams are determined to fight, officials go into survival mode

NFL officials have several tools to try and maintain order and prevent the game from degenerating into a fight. The biggest tool, short of throwing a flag, is preventative officiating. Officials don't want to throw flags and throw people out a ball games, so they use their people skills to

Too many ejections in Week 1

The NFL officials had to issue too many ejections in Week 1. Of the three, two were for unsportsmanlike conduct and one was due to a flagrant helmet foul. One of the first games of the day features a disqualification The yellow laundry starting flying early in Jacksonville. Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack

Pac-12 audit concludes no big changes are needed in officiating department

Nine months after a report that a Pac-12 senior vice president (who had no officiating experience) countermanded an instant replay decision, and four months after three retired Pac-12 officials sent an open letter barbecuing Pac-12 leadership, the conference released the results of its officiating audit. According to the Pac-12, the independent

Saints owner calls for changes in officiating

In a statement released after the most devastating loss in New Orleans Saints history, owner Gayle Benson said she will "aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again." Benson is speaking about the pass interference no-call at the

5 observations from championship weekend

http://gty.im/1097101968 For the first time ever, both the NFC and AFC Championship games went to overtime in the same season. There is plenty to write about from the officiating perspective this weekend. Here are just a few of the things that stuck out to me. Crucial missed calls In the NFC Championship Game,

Umpire Roy Ellison fined game check for player dust-up, reinstated from administrative leave

The NFL fined umpire Roy Ellison a game check ($9,300) and re-instated him for Week 15, after the league placed him on administrative leave to investigate a post-game confrontation with the Buffalo Bills Jerry Hughes in Week 13. Tom Pelissero, a reporter for NFL.com, tweeted the information. Hughes sought out Ellison

5 observations from Super Bowl LII

Another season is in the record books, capped off by one of the best Super Bowls ever. Here are five officiating takeaways from the big game. Communicate! Twice we saw very close touchdown catches and twice we saw field judge Tom Hill and back judge Perry Paganelli communicate before going up with