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NFL announces advanced training program officials


20 officials get the chance to audition for the NFL The NFL has announced its third class of officials in the Advanced Development Program (ADP). These candidates are successful college and Arena Football League officials. The group will work preseason games. Once preseason is over, those officials will return to officiate their college schedule. The…

SJ Jimmy DeBell out of the NFL

Texans coach Gary Kubiak discusses a call with side judge Jimmy DeBell. (Houston Texans photo)

View image | Side judge Jimmy DeBell (number 58) will not officiate in the NFL in 2015. Matt Leader of The Livingston County News broke the news Friday. “I can confirm that Jim DeBell is not part of the officiating staff for the 2015 season,” said NFL spokesman Michael Singora during a May 21 phone…

NFL extra-point proposals: Needed fix or Trojan horse?

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The NFL owners are convening in San Francisco for their spring meeting. Usually this is a noneventful congregation of the 32 ownership interests working out some leftover pre-preseason business. This year, the owners have deferred the decision on point-after-touchdown rules from the March annual meeting to the spring meeting — a change that will have…

LJ John Hussey moves to the referee position


View image | Football Zebras exclusive The NFL has promoted veteran line judge John Hussey (number 35) to be a referee beginning in the 2015 season.  He joined the NFL in 2002 and has been a line judge his entire NFL career, most recently on Ed Hochuli’s crew.  Hussey was assigned to the Pro…