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Happy May 15: 2014 season begins for NFL officials

May 15 is a significant date for NFL officials.  It is the first day that the NFL starts communicating with their men in stripes.  As part of the union’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL does not communicate with officials from January 1 to May 15 of each year (with the exception of playoff assignment communications),…

NFL getting their stripes in a row for 2014

pro bowl shoes

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 to be no formal…

2013 rule changes will challenge officials

The NFL has announced the 2013 rule changes.  In most years, the rule changes are easy for the officials to adapt to and does not give extra headaches to the men in stripes.  All but one of the 2013 rule changes seem fairly benign.  Officiating-wise, I would say two rule changes are welcome, but one…

Is a wider field coming to NFL stadiums?

The NFL’s Competition Committee last year briefly considered widening the field of play and some people think the NFL should consider the proposal again. According to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, the NFL briefly considered widening the field similar to the dimensions of the Canadian Football League.  The CFL field is 35-feet wider…