NFL officials are honoring former colleague and officiating vice president Wayne Mackie with a commemorative "WM" patch, shown here at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on the hat of Carl Cheffers. Mackie passed away suddenly in March at the age of 62. Al Riveron, former senior vice president of officiating,
Embed from Getty Images Â The new officiating year starts todayÂ and the NFL leadership team is in placeÂ -- Al Riveron as senior vice president of officiating, Wayne Mackie as vice president of officiating evaluation and development and Russell Yurk as vice president of replay and administration. Due to the relatively short notice
Officiating photos from Super Bowl 50 courtesy of team photographers and Getty Images.From team photographers (click on any image to view as a slideshow):From Getty Images:Clete Blakeman and field judge Boris Cheek talk to Peyton Manning before the game.Embed from Getty ImagesÂ Jeff Rice escorts Denver captains onto the field for
Embed from Getty Images Â No iconic calls, but Blakeman's crew handles business The game wasn't a classic, but it was more competitive than the 24-10 score. While none of the calls from Super Bowl 50 will make our list of best all-time calls, the officiating crew can be satisfied with their efforts. Here
Updated Friday, Jan. 10Â to include full crews Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee's name), college, and outside occupation. All times are Eastern. Three
Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week's media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week's topics: When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott
NFL trying out potential replacements for retiring head referees The NFL is preparing for the inevitable retirement of officiating crew chiefs by conducting trial runs for some promotions in the second preseason weekend. An officiating source said that at least one head referee will retire at the end of the season.
Referee tryouts, advanced training recruits on field Craig Wrolstad is one of four officials being evaluated at the referee position this week. Wrolstad worked in Super Bowl XLVII last February. All times Eastern. Thursday, Aug. 15 Chargers at Bears, 8 p.m. ESPN â€” Bill Vinovich Falcons at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. â€” Terry McAulay Lions at