Embed from Getty Images Football Zebras exclusive Nearly six months off his retirement, Jeff Triplette is slated to join ESPN as a rules analyst along with newcomers Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten in the Monday Night Football booth, according to officiating and network sources. Football Zebras has also learned that the NFL specifically steered ESPN
http://gty.im/641513974 The Canadian Football League and the NFL will continue to exchange officials in the early part of the CFL season and the NFL preseason. This is the third year of the NFL-CFL officiating exchange program. NFL officials will go north of the border in the summer and call games in the first
Embed from Getty Images Look for the NFL centralized replay, under senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron, to take a more active role in ejecting and un-ejecting players in the 2018 season. Update: NFL owners voted on the proposal in Atlanta and was passed on May 22. The idea of un-ejecting a
Embed from Getty Images There is no crystal ball drop. The year doesn't switch. There are no confetti guns. But for NFL officials, May 15 is a New Years celebration. This year's off-season was a little different, as this was the first one that featured full-time officials. Those full timers participated in
Dean Blandino, former senior vice president of officiating for the NFL, was named national director of instant replay for college football, confirming a Football Zebras report last month. This position was created by College Football Officiating in 2016, and Blandino will be replacing the first person to hold the position, Jim Blackwood.
http://gty.im/183962709 The revolving door in the NFL officiating department appears to still be in motion. Football Zebras has learned from multiple sources that field judge Jon Lucivansky will not return in the 2018 season. Lucivansky just finished his ninth season, but he has been in a bit of a playoff drought; the