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NFL discontinues officiating observer program


Modern communications makes position redundant The NFL has discontinued its game observer program starting for the 2014 season.  Retired NFL officials usually filled these positions.  The eight game observers were informed that their services were no longer required after the 2013 season. Don Carlsen is a former NFL side judge who retired after the 2012…

Don Carlsen retires from the NFL

The veteran side judge reflects on his 24-year career Don Carlsen woke up one day this past October and made one of the toughest calls of his career.  He decided to retire from the NFL after a 24-year career as line judge and side judge.  Carlsen’s last on-field assignment was the Pro Bowl in January. …