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NFL quietly passes ‘Hot Potato’ rule for coin toss

The NFL has circumvented the typical rule-revision process and is making a rule change that will affect the opening coin toss, according to a league source. “We made the point-after-touchdown try a more exciting play last year,” the source said. “We looked at other parts of the game, and realized that the coin toss was…

Super Bowl assignment a triumph for Vinovich on many levels

View image | gettyimages.com Referee overcomes life threatening illness and long layoff You might excuse Bill Vinovich if he feels a little extra emotional on Sunday.  Eight years ago, the thought of working a Super Bowl was the last thing on the referee’s mind.  In April 2007, Vinovich’s goal was to survive for 48 hours.…

Several NFL officials have ties to the NCAA basketball tournament

At least three have worked the Final Four   Several officials work multiple sports from Pop Warner to the pros.  There is quite a history of NFL officials working major college basketball.  Currently, Gene Steratore (pictured) and Bill Vinovich work major college basketball.  But they are just the current in a long line of pro football officials…