White hat auditions begin this weekend

The NFL is giving five of its officials the chance to audition to be future referees, or white hats. Since there are so few opportunities for the NFL to see how prospective referees would handle the new position, these pre-season tryouts are very important. The NFL will assign the five officials

Dozens of officials to become full-time under plan from NFL and union

The NFL Referees' Association and the league have come to an agreement to elevate 21 to 24 officials to full-time status, according to a report by Albert Breer at The MMQB. The league would select the full-time employees from applicants that are on the current staff. There would be between 1 and

Practice fields become classrooms when officials attend training camp

Reporting from Foxborough, Mass. Training camp is essential for all 32 NFL teams in their preparation for a new season. The same can be said for the officiating crews -- working at team's training camps helps the league's officials get their feet wet and practice their mechanics and the new rules

30 officials audition for NFL positions

Photo from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'TfjW5bRzRO1WH2WxlWAE1w',sig:'xY1QpdoGGBL275S3-njIvnuI9fMSKI69ewxqyeeFeJA=',w:'594px',h:'416px',items:'627765608',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   The NFL has released the names of 30 officials taking part in the 2017 Officiating Development Program. These officials work NFL training camp and preseason games. They then return to officiate in college. The officials are considered finalists once a spot on the roster

College football referee Ron Cherry retires

Embed from Getty Images   Ron Cherry, one of the most recognizable college football referees for the last decade, has retired according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cherry suffered a head injury in the USC-Notre Dame game last season and underwent emergency neurosurgery a month later to remove a blood clot. Famous calls Cherry officiated football