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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 experience in football…

NFL loses credibility in assigning replacement officials

The “blooper reel” of funny, frustrating, and exasperating NFL replacement official mistakes was very extensive going into Monday Night Football in Week 3.  In one call, the “Fail Mary” smashed the blooper reel with a granite rock of mayhem, bewilderment, chaos, frustration, and questions about the quality of the product the National Football League is…

Fumble scrum requires maximum officiating skills

The officials lost control of the Monday Night Football Game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos on one play.  The breakdown happened with :02 in the first quarter as Knowshon Moreno fumbled the ball and there was a huge pile up (video).  What followed was six minutes of mayhem.  The officials awarded the…

NFL VP of operations pressed on lockout

NFL executive vice president for football operations, Ray Anderson, clarified the NFL’s proposal regarding full-time officials and scoffed at the idea that the integrity of the game would be compromised with replacement officials.  The NFL has locked out members of the NFL Referees Association in a contact dispute and has hired replacement officials to call…

Eastin on sideline for Preseason Week 2

[media-credit name="Mike Jurecki | XTRA 910 Sports." align="alignright" width="150"][/media-credit] Shannon Eastin will have to wait at least week to continue her history-making stint as the first female NFL referee. A source with knowledge of the second week assignments of the replacement officials indicates that Eastin will be in uniform, but will be an alternate. In…