Replay official Carl Madsen dies at 71 Carl Madsen 1949-2021 Carl Madsen, a replay official and former umpire, died in Nashville while traveling home from his game assignment on Sunday. He was 71. The Associated Press is reporting that Madsen experienced a medical issue while driving home. Madsen was an umpire on the field from 1997 to 2008, when

Players are adapting to the taunting point of emphasis faster than expected

For 2021, the NFL Competition Committee issued a point of emphasis directing the officials to strictly flag a player for unsportsmanlike conduct if they taunt an opponent, through words and actions that disrespect or demean. At the time I predicted that players and coaches would adapt to the new emphasis point after

Controversy flares over taunting point of emphasis. As always, officials are stuck in the middle

This season, the NFL Competition Committee issued a point of emphasis to the game officials instructing them to strictly call a player for taunting -- language and actions that disrespect or demean an opponent. The first two weeks of the 2021 season has seen a spike in taunting fouls, leading

NFL replay VP takes administrative leave in awkward officiating transition

The offseason turmoil in the replay area of the officiating department continues, as vice president of replay Russell Yurk has formally taken an elective administrative leave. Yurk has been away from replay during the preseason, and apparently was reassigned "within the officiating group." It follows last month's announcement that Al

Dave Wyant receives 2021 Art McNally Award

Dave Wyant, former NFL side judge, has been presented with the 2021 Art McNally Award. He is the award's 20th recipient. The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990 -- and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 nominee. The

NFL requires officials and gameday staff to be vaccinated

While players and coaches have made their own personal decisions as to whether they receive the covid vaccine, the NFL has made it mandatory for the officials and league employees to be vaccinated. The vaccine mandate applies unilaterally to the gameday assistants. The GDAs include the clock operators, replay technicians, the

Officiating community reacts to Art McNally becoming a Hall of Fame finalist

Art McNally, the former referee and supervisor of officials, was nominated as the contributor finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The next step is a virtually assured vote from the entire voting membership of the Hall's selection committee, and then enshrinement in August 2022. His extensive accomplishments were part