NFL officials experiment with wireless in-game communication

You may have noticed some officials wearing rock-star like microphones and ear pieces during some preseason games.  The NFL has confirmed that it is having its officials experiment with wireless official-to-official communication gear during selected games this August.  Vice president of football communications, Michael Signora, says, "We have consistently used

Who are the next white hats?

The NFL officiating staff is heavy on experience which is great news.  The flip side to this is that we will be seeing a higher than average number of officials retiring in the next one to three years. While there are many officials at all positions on the cusp of retirement,

NFL fines, non-fines reveal official evals

We noted the players who were fined for on-field conduct in Week 1. Hidden in this list are some of the league's evaluations of its officials. If a fine is issued for a play where no flag was thrown, this is graded as a missed call. Also, in the case

NFL: 2 Steeler penalties were in error

WEEK 9: STEELERS AT BENGALS The NFL does not generally make public announcements regarding mistaken calls by the referees. Occasionally, they will contact the team with such an admission, and these conversations are generally confidential. Generally, these conversations are only leaked out, and Vikings coach Brad Childress found out two weeks

Officials for Hall of Fame Game

The officials (and their uniform numbers) for the Hall of Fame Game between the Bengals and the Cowboys: R Ron Winter (14) U Butch Hannah (40) HL John McGrath (5) LJ Darryll Lewis (130) SJ Steve Zimmer (33) BJ Rick Patterson (15) FJ Perry Paganelli (46) In the replay booth are the replay assistant Ken Baker and video

Commish: QB flag lobbying not an issue

In the annual league meeting held in Boston, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media on various topics. Of interest here, he was asked about the influence that star quarterbacks might have on the officials. (We will get to his response shortly.) We did not specifically address the star-treatment aspect here, as