NFL fires down judge Hugo Cruz

Football Zebras exclusive In a stunning move, the NFL has fired down judge Hugo Cruz, number 94, effective immediately, which has been confirmed by 7 sources who have firsthand knowledge of the situation. This is the first time in the Super Bowl era that the NFL has fired an official in the

NFLRA boss says crews calling what the league wants called

The NFL Referees Association, the officials' union, says people criticizing the officials have misplaced their ire. Scott Green, executive director of the NFLRA and a 23-year officiating veteran, says the league's officials are simply calling what the NFL wants called. Green spoke to NFL.com, the league's in-house news outlet.  The issue from

NCAA issues clear replay protocols after Pac-12 VP usurps replay official

http://gty.im/1038230134 In light of a Pac-12 senior vice president stepping in to over-rule the centralized replay center in a game earlier this year, Steve Shaw, NCAA football rules committee secretary-editor, and Rogers Redding, national coordinator of football officials, have notified game officials that the replay official is the final authority in upholding or overruling a

NFL Competition Committee: No changes to roughing the passer rule

http://gty.im/1038625988 The NFL Competition Committee, reportedly "uncomfortable" over the high number of unnecessary roughness calls, met today to discuss the rule, but decided to leave their interpretation unchanged. They did address the enforcement of that interpretation. Realistically, this was the last chance for the committee to change anything related to the

Browns sideline radio reporter Nathan Zegura removed from broadcasts for arguing with official

The Cleveland Browns sideline reporter Nathan Zegura has been removed from Browns radio broadcasts for eight games for yelling at game officials during the Browns Week 2 loss to the Saints, as reported by Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Zegura will begin serving his penalty starting this Thursday

League will use Matthews’ tackle to re-educate defenses how to tackle

http://gty.im/1034567668 In Sunday’s 29-29 tie between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was flagged late in the 4th quarter for roughing the passer on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins that would eventually be the catalyst for the league’s second tie game in a week. Cousins