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NFL officials’ union executive worried about increased public attacks


Just two months into the job,  new NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) Executive Director, Scott Green is speaking out on behalf of the officials and against public criticism by players and coaches.

Green told USA Today  that he wants to speak to the NFL players union about ways to curb the post-game diatribes against the officiating. This year, the post-game criticisms have taken on a more profane and personal context where players openly question the officials’ integrity and ability. The NFL has consistently fined players and coaches for their outbursts.

While Green approves of reprimands and fines, he says the league needs to back the officials more.

“We appreciate that the league reprimands guys for doing that, but we also like it to be known that in those instances, all those calls were correct. That, to us, is equally as important, that the public knows that just because somebody complained and said it was horrible and the guy is horrible and he shouldn’t be on the field — it’s important that word gets back out that, well, just so you’re aware, we reviewed those plays and (the penalties) were there.”  

While instant replay helps officials get calls right, the high-tech slow motion images make officials’ mistakes easier to spot and fans are less apt to forgive officiating errors. Green worries  that the vitriol directed at NFL officials will trickle down to the amateur levels and will drive young people away from officiating.  

Here’s hoping for a positive dialogue between the NFLRA and the NFLPA and the personal attacks on the officials’ credibility and ability comes to an end.


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Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"

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2 thoughts on “NFL officials’ union executive worried about increased public attacks

  1. Get rid of the cheating refs. They’re screwing up the game and admission isn’t free. They are getting paid for their unbiased judgment not to kowtow to certain teams or players.

  2. Again, get a grip Theresa, you know nothing of what you speak,of. The NFL Leadership are not ever going to stand up for the officials. We are a necessary evil to,them unfortunately.

    Scott Green is correct about the NFL confirming those calls were correct. The public like Theresa believe the officials are bad or biased or both.

    The officials will never be viewed positively the fans or public, nature of the beast . Those who officiate know that and still have the courage to officiate regardless. A very noble avocation.

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