Bill Leavy is the recipient of the 2019 Art McNally Award

http://gty.im/185722154 Bill Leavy, former NFL referee and current referee supervisor for the Officiating Department, has been awarded the 2019 Art McNally award, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron via Twitter. The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes

NFL ending full-time status for select officials

The NFL has backed away from its full-time officiating program, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. Citing multiple sources, Seifert says that negotiations between the league and the NFL Referees Association have broken down over the full-time arrangement. The full-time program was approved on an ad-hoc basis in 2017 and 2018. The full-time

Back in stripes: 2019 clinic in Dallas begins today

The NFL offseason continues (offseason? what offseason?) for NFL officials today as they gather in Plano, Texas, 20 miles north of Dallas, for the annual officiating clinic. This weekend's clinic will be the only time that all of the league's 122 officials will be together in one place, allowing for

XFL looking to open doors to women in officiating

The XFL plans to open its second chapter of life seven months. If league officials get their wish, we will see more female officials make the calls. https://twitter.com/TFG_NFL/status/1144644216682762240?s=19 On The Football Girl Podcast, former NFL officiating senior vice president Dean Blandino told host Melissa Jacobs that there is a "concerted effort" to

Officiating crews for the 2019 season

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2019 NFL season. This season, there are six new officials to replace four that retired and one that was fired. There are also three veteran officials designated as swing officials, increasing last season’s bench by one. The swing officials will move

NFL sends 4 officials north to call CFL games

Two rookie NFL officials, one member of the Officiating Development Program and one veteran NFL official have been working north this summer to call Canadian Football League games.  This is the fourth year of the NFL-CFL Officiating Exchange Program. The NFL officials calling CFL games this year are: Side judge Keith Washington Rookie Jimmy