In the third week of Alliance football action, referees John O’Neill, Jeff Heaser, Reggie Smith, and Tra Blake will each be officiating their second game of the season.
Of note, back judge Jimmy DeBell will work as the SkyJudge for the Arizona-Salt Lake contest on Saturday, and will officiate on the field with his normal crew for the Birmingham-Atlanta game on Sunday.
Follow our live coverage here this weekend during the games, and on our Twitter page, @footballzebras.
Game assignments are below. All times are Eastern. TV networks are in a rounded box, streaming providers in a dashed box. The game between Arizona and Salt Lake will only be broadcast on Bleacher Report’s live stream.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Arizona Hotshots at Salt Lake Stallions, 3 p.m. BRLive
- Referee: John O’Neill
- SkyJudge: Jimmy DeBell
Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO
- Referee: Jeff Heaser
- SkyJudge: Ron Baynes
Sunday, Feb. 24
Birmingham Iron at Atlanta Legends, 4 p.m. CBSSN CBSSN
- Referee: Reggie Smith
- SkyJudge: Steve Strimling
San Antonio Commanders at San Diego Fleet, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO
- Referee: Tra Blake
- SkyJudge: Mike Pereira
Tempers flare in Atlanta
Late in the first quarter following an incomplete pass, a small fracas between Legends’ receivers Tobias Palmer and Quan Bray and Iron’s defensive back Tyson Graham led to a barrage of penalty flags thrown by the deep officials, including back judge Jimmy DeBell and side judge Clay Reynard.
Roughing the passer call emulates NFL’s early weeks of 2018 season
Referee Reggie Smith flagged Birmingham’s Devin Taylor for roughing the passer, for landing on the quarterback with his full body weight — a call that many NFL fans remember plagued the early weeks of the 2018 NFL season.