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NFL hires five more officials

Four new hires have collegiate referee experience Football Zebras has learned the names of five more college officials hired by the NFL, and that there will be a total of eleven new officials in 2014. Alex Kemp, Brad Allen, Scott Novak, … Continue reading

Several NFL officials have ties to the NCAA basketball tournament

At least three have worked the Final Four   Several officials work multiple sports from Pop Warner to the pros.  There is quite a history of NFL officials working major college basketball.  Currently, Gene Steratore (pictured) and Bill Vinovich work major college … Continue reading

NFL getting their stripes in a row for 2014

League has several shoes to fill in the offseason The Super Bowl is fast fading into the rear view mirror and we now enter what is called the “dark period” in regard to NFL officiating.  According to the collective bargaining … Continue reading

5 observations from Wild Card weekend

After wild card weekend, it always strikes me — only seven more meaningful football games this year.  In an attempt not to get too maudlin, here are five things that stuck out to me in regard to the officiating this … Continue reading

Packers say refs confused them in final seconds in loss to Steelers

Packers say officials told them to not snap ball before winding the clock (video) The Steelers-Packers Week 16 game had its fill of controversial plays, but the last play didn’t seem controversial – until today.  To set things up, the Packers were … Continue reading

Ray Anderson leaving NFL at end of season

NFL executive oversaw officiating department during tenure Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, will leave his position at the end of the 2013 season to “pursue other opportunities” according to a statement from the National Football League. … Continue reading

Hurry-up offense means hurry-up officiating mechanics

Hurried mechanics increase the danger of officials making a mistake The two-minute offense has been in effect since the invention of the scoreboard clock.  The no-huddle offense became in vogue 25-years ago.  Both strategies are here to stay and offenses are … Continue reading

Former NFL referee and officiating supervisor, Jerry Seeman, dies at 77

Former HL, LJ, R worked two Super Bowls Jerry Seeman 1936-2013 Former referee and officiating supervisor, Jerry Seeman, died Sunday night, a half hour before his son, NFL line judge Jeff Seeman, (#45) worked the Broncos-Patriots Sunday Night Football game.  Jeff … Continue reading

NFL suspends umpire Ellison for one game

NFL Referees Association denounces Ellison suspension The NFL has suspended umpire Roy Ellison (#81) for one game for a “profane and derogatory” statement to the Washington Redskins’  Trent Williams. According to the NFL report, Ellison is supposed to have referred to … Continue reading

NFL may consider wiping out touchdowns if player taunts during live ball

NCAA rule on Competition Committee agenda There was quite a bit of chatter in the aftermath of Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate’s over the top taunting on his way to the end zone and a Seahawks’ touchdown (video).   The NFL … Continue reading