Officiating assistants to monitor levels of piped-in crowd noise

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It was a full week of NFL games through mostly empty stadiums with seat covered in tarps or filled with cardboard cutouts. In 14 of the 16 stadiums, a modern NFL record was set for the lowest paid attendance -- 0. Despite the empty cavernous stadiums, we still had piped-in crowd

Hair extension of rule clarifies existing rule

It could be said that a certain editorial change to the rulebook is splitting hairs, but it actually only clarifies existing rules. An editorial change was made to the 2020 NFL rulebook with the new text in bold at Rule 3-2-6: Touching the Ball refers to any contact with the ball. There

NFL hires 5 new officials to fill opt-out vacancies

Embed from Getty Images Following the opting out of five on-field NFL officials due to covid-19-related concerns, a second wave of officiating hires took place, adding 5 new officials to the league's roster. Two replay officials are also sidelining themselves as well, and the league will tap its current staff of replay

2 officials successfully appeal offseason dismissal

Football Zebras has learned that two of the officials who left the league after the 2019 season are returning to the roster in 2020. Field judges Joe Larrew and Steve Zimmer were listed as 2 of the 9 officials that left the field following the 2019 season. As is typical at

NFL officials have until August 13 to opt out of season

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the officials' union, have negotiated the working conditions for the 2020 season. The NFLRA leadership will meet with rank-and-file members on Monday to discuss the details of the agreement. According to a news release, the officials have until August 13 to decide if they will

Earnie Frantz is the recipient of the 2020 Art McNally Award

Earnie Frantz, former NFL head linesman (now down judge) and replay official, has been awarded the 2020 Art McNally Award, Football Zebras has confirmed through multiple sources. The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes an official for “exemplary professionalism,