Vacancies could create crunch in the clutch

Possible staffing shortage could cause Week 17 shuffle The Week 9 Sunday Night Football game in Green Bay featured a very rare sight. Umpire Tony Michalek was pressed into duty as a line judge. Michalek, who worked as a line judge for a few seasons in the Big Ten Conference before

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 agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, there is

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.   In the statement, commissioner Roger Goodell said of Anderson, "Ray’s wide-ranging

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 multiple reports, Ellison is supposed to have referred to Williams as "a garbage ass disrespectful motherfucker." In a statement, the NFL commented, NFL game officials

Really, again?! Replay officials still negotiating CBA for 2013 season

Not under contract, but no lockout imposed ... yet In a typical contract year, the collective bargaining agreement negotiations for the NFL replay officials usually progress rather quickly. That is because the NFL and the NFL Referees Association negotiate the on-field officials' contract in the previous year, and all of the

A word of caution to the NFL Referees Association

The NFL Referees Association and its 121 members are enjoying unprecedented appreciation (video) and good will after agreeing to a new union contract and ending the league imposed lockout.  The fans, players, coaches, and media are looking forward to NFL-caliber officiating after three weeks of having replacement officials who tried, and

NFL AND REFEREE UNION REACH CBA DEAL

'REAL' OFFICIALS RETURN TO FIELD TONIGHT [Check the bottom of this post for the latest updates.] The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement that now begins the process of getting the union officials back on the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted the lockout with the tentative