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Tag: Mike Pereira

Blakeman takes #HotRef in stride, appears on ‘Today’ and ‘Access Hollywood Live’

Super Bowl 50 referee Clete Blakeman has lead a relatively obscure existence in the NFL, with an occasional reference here, although I’ve even admitted in the past to be “riding high on the Clete Blakeman bandwagon.”  The first sign that something was piquing the interest of fans on Sunday was when our post “Who will…

NFL and the referees’ union want grades confidential…until they don’t

Commentary by Mark Schultz The NFL season has gotten off to a contentious start between the front office and the NFL Referees Association, the union representing the on-field and replay officials.  The NFLRA has accused the league of throwing the game officials under the bus publicly while supporting their calls privately.  This controversy has even…

After Further Review: OT flag on new rule draws shrug from Belichick

The big call of the week was Tony Michalek’s flag on a Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones shoved his teammate into the Jets offensive line on an overtime field goal attempt [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. “I’m sure the league would rather the first call in history of this rule would not have been at…

Replay officials sign CBA, worked under deal that expired prior to season

The replay officials are now under collective bargaining agreement through 2020, having worked the first four weeks of the season on an expired deal. Replay officials are on a separate collective bargaining agreement from the on-field officials. Last year, the on-field officials were locked out by the league, until an agreement was reached in Week…