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Blandino at officiating clinic: catch is the same rule, same outcome

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NFL Referees at their pre season "Officiating Clinic" here in Texas — Ben Murphy (@benmurphytv) July 15, 2016 As officials settled into their annual clinic in Dallas, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed the topic we’re both sick of and engrossed with: the process of the catch. The goal for fans and officials alike remains simply…

Mike Carey exits CBS

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Embed from Getty Images     Report: CBS and Carey ‘mutually agreed to part ways’ Former NFL official Mike Carey will no longer analyze NFL calls and rules for CBS sports. According to reports, Carey and CBS mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Carey surprised the NFL in the summer of 2014 when he announced…

After review, the replay rules stand


Since the replay system was reintroduced in 1999, the review rules have only been subject to incremental revision, rather than any of the proposed wholesale changes to the process. A proposal by the Ravens at the annual meeting in March turned a few heads, as it appeared to make the replay run on a small list of…

Officiating crews for the 2016 season

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Embed from Getty Images   Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2016 NFL season. This season, three new officials have been hired and only one retired. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, up from three last season, who will move between crews through the season. Those swing officials…