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

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