New union contract contains a retirement incentive for veterans

According to an ESPN report, the NFL will offer a retirement incentive to 22-officials with 20 or more years of experience, provided they retire before the start of the 2020 season.  While we don't expect every official to take the retirement incentive, the upcoming offseason could see the biggest exodus of

NFL Referees Association honors 5-time Super Bowl umpire Ron Botchan

The NFL Referees Association (NFLRA), the union representing NFL officials, recently honored retired umpire Ron Botchan with the 2019 Honoree Award. The award recognizes an official for on-field accomplishments and support of the NFLRA. “Ron exemplifies everything NFL officials strive to be,” said NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green in a news

NFLRA boss says crews calling what the league wants called

The NFL Referees Association, the officials' union, says people criticizing the officials have misplaced their ire. Scott Green, executive director of the NFLRA and a 23-year officiating veteran, says the league's officials are simply calling what the NFL wants called. Green spoke to NFL.com, the league's in-house news outlet.  The issue from

NFL hires 24 full-time officials in second year of the program

  The NFL has hired 24 officials as full-time NFL employees for the 2018 season. Last year there were 21 full-timers. Some full-time officials from last year are not full-time officials this year. Up until 2017, all NFL officials were designated at part-time employees and worked full-time jobs outside of football (see table

Former side judge Dean Look honored by the NFL officials union

  The NFL Referees Association, the union for the NFL's officials, has recognized former side judge Dean Look as its 2018 Honoree. The Honoree Award recognizes an official for an outstanding career and service to the union. The NFLRA is honoring Look this weekend at its annual meeting and banquet.  Before officiating, Look played

Jeff Triplette resigns as NFLRA president

Embed from Getty Images   Jeff Triplette has resigned as president of the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA), the officials' union. Vice president Tony Steratore is now president. The NFLRA Board of Directors appointed Carl Paganelli as vice president. Triplette had been NFLRA president since 2013 after serving as vice president and as a

NFL officials’ union executive worried about increased public attacks

Embed from Getty Images     Just two months into the job, new NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) Executive Director, Scott Green is speaking out on behalf of the officials and against public criticism by players and coaches. Green told USA Today that he wants to speak to the NFL players union about ways to curb the

Jim Quirk Sr. to retire as NFLRA boss

Embed from Getty Images   Jim Quirk Sr., NFL officiating veteran and executive director of the NFL Referees Association, the officials union, is retiring from his post, according to an Associated Press report. Quirk has been executive director since 2013. Former NFL referee and  former president of the NFLRA, Scott Green, will replace Quirk. Green

Jim Quirk retains post as head of referees’ union [updated]

Embed from Getty Images Update, 4/11: The union meetings have concluded, and Jim Quirk remains as the executive director. The matter of replacing Quirk did not come to a vote at the meetings that were "sparsely attended," according to one union member. Football Zebras has not been in contact with all