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More officials in the development pipeline, as NFL expands training program


Embed from Getty Images   29 individuals take part in on-field audition This year, the NFL has accepted 29 developmental officials in its annual preseason training program, up from the 21 slots open in the previous three seasons the program has been run. This practice squad for officials was known as the advanced development program,…

Blandino at officiating clinic: catch is the same rule, same outcome

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NFL Referees at their pre season "Officiating Clinic" here in Texas — Ben Murphy (@benmurphytv) July 15, 2016 As officials settled into their annual clinic in Dallas, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed the topic we’re both sick of and engrossed with: the process of the catch. The goal for fans and officials alike remains simply…

Mike Carey exits CBS

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Embed from Getty Images     Report: CBS and Carey ‘mutually agreed to part ways’ Former NFL official Mike Carey will no longer analyze NFL calls and rules for CBS sports. According to reports, Carey and CBS mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Carey surprised the NFL in the summer of 2014 when he announced…