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Penalty enforcement is an entire-crew effort

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NFL looks for ‘efficient, accurate penalty enforcement’ I’ve joked about it before: when Terry McAulay is the referee of a game, when there is a penalty flag the cameras had better find him quickly, because chances are he could be finished with his penalty announcement before the camera gets him in focus.  That’s not just…

NFL retires Jerry Seeman’s jersey number

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No. 70 will never be worn again by an official The NFL made history this weekend at its officiating clinic in Dallas, as it announced that it will retire the number 70 jersey in honor of former NFL referee and supervisor of officials, Jerry Seeman.  Seeman worked Super Bowls XXIII and XXV as a referee,…

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Jeff Darlington reports from the Officials Clinic in Dallas for NFL Network.

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Brad Allen: ‘a double rookie’ at clinic

AP reporter Stephen Hawkins speaks to first-year NFL official Brad Allen, who is the first official in 50 years to work the referee position in his first NFL season.

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NFL Officials Clinic opens in Dallas

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It is only 2½ days, but in its own way it is a grueling training camp. The NFL officials are meeting today in Dallas for their annual clinic weekend, a chance for NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino to have his entire staff in the same room two weeks prior to the first preseason game.…

Mark Pellis is 13th offseason hire by NFL

The league announced that Mark Pellis has been hired to fill the vacancy left by the surprise retirement of Mike Carey, who left the field to become an officiating analyst for CBS Sports. He is the 13th college official hired by the NFL this offseason. Pellis comes to the NFL from the American Athletic Conference…

Mike Carey quits NFL for CBS gig

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CBS Sports has hired referee Mike Carey away from the NFL to work as a rules analyst during the network’s Thursday and Sunday games. Carey will be at the game site or the NFL Network studios in Culver City, Calif., for Thursday night games and in the CBS New York studios on Sunday. “So many…