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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.…

Happy May 15: 2014 season begins for NFL officials

May 15 is a significant date for NFL officials.  It is the first day that the NFL starts communicating with their men in stripes.  As part of the union’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL does not communicate with officials from January 1 to May 15 of each year (with the exception of playoff assignment communications),…

NFL borrows 8th official from Big 12

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The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is looking to run a trial of an eighth official as early as this preseason, according to Judy Battista of NFL Media. Referee Walt Anderson implemented an eighth official for the 2013 season…

Steratore crew to keep lid on things

During the coverage of last week’s 49ers-Panthers divisional playoff game, Football Zebras noted early that the officials were looking to keep control of a potential tinderbox of high emotion. The opening drive by the 49ers had a few injuries and some post-play shoving. A late-hit foul was called which was very close, and I think…

Rubrics coup: How are playoff assignment procedures different under Blandino?

With one round of the playoffs in the books and the second round assignments trickling out, it seems that we are, again, grasping at the true qualification criteria for playoff officials. In September, USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell interviewed the vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino, who revealed his process for evaluating officials for postseason assignments:…

Tomlin fined $100K for ‘interfering with play in progress’

The NFL announced Wednesday that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will be fined $100,000 for stepping on the field during the Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday that the Steelers should have been assessed a 15-yard penalty as well, which would have been tacked on to the…