NFL officiating patriarch and ‘godfather of officials’ Carl Paganelli dies

Carl Paganelli, 1937-2019 Carl Paganelli Sr., a highly respected college and pro official, an officiating administrator, and a mentor, has died at the age of 82. You never saw him on an NFL field, but his presence there is unmistakable. His three sons, umpire Carl Jr. and back judges Perry and Dino,

Alliance of American Football: Week 1, 2019

The first week of the Alliance of American Football regular season begins this weekend, with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday. Follow our live coverage here and on our Twitter page, @footballzebras. Game assignments are below. All times are Eastern. TV networks are in a rounded box, streaming providers

Football Zebras celebrates 10 years

Somewhere in the middle of the 2008 season there was a call that challenged the interpretation of the rules. I was looking to verify my understanding, but everywhere I turned the play was through the lens of the team. It was the right call, even though it was controversial. It

NFL hires 24 full-time officials in second year of the program

  The NFL has hired 24 officials as full-time NFL employees for the 2018 season. Last year there were 21 full-timers. Some full-time officials from last year are not full-time officials this year. Up until 2017, all NFL officials were designated at part-time employees and worked full-time jobs outside of football (see table