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USFL Week 1 officiating assignments and coverage

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The first weekend of USFL games begin with a Saturday night game and 3 Sunday games. Crews will officiate two of the games over the weekend. Referees Larry Smith and Bryan Banks will lead their crews in the inaugural week of the re-birth of the USFL.

Scroll down after the game assignments for video and live coverage.

Game assignments

All games are played at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala., and times listed are Eastern.

Saturday, April 16

  • New Jersey Generals vs. Birmingham Stallions, 7:30 p.m. Fox NBC Peacock — Larry Smith

Sunday, April 17

  • Houston Gamblers vs. Michigan Panthers, noon NBC Peacock — Bryan Banks
  • Philadelphia Stars vs. New Orleans Breakers, 4 p.m. USA — Larry Smith
  • Tampa Bay Bandits vs. Pittsburgh Maulers, 8 p.m. FS1 — Bryan Banks

Crews

Pro Seasons include AAF and XFL.

      Pro Seasons College Conference
R 19 Larry Smith 3 Big Ten
U 27 Adam Savoie 3 American Athletic
DJ 6 Ryan Hagan 1 SEC
LJ 2 Quentin Givens 3 Big 12
FJ 80 Daniel Gautreaux 3 SEC
SJ 5 LaShell Nelson 2 Big Ten
BJ 37 Joe Johnston 2 Pac-12
      Pro Seasons College Conference
R 72 Bryan Banks 1 Big Ten
U 65 Frank Villar 3 Pac-12
DJ 67 Derek Anderson 1 Big 12
LJ 42 Tangela Mitchell-Ross 2 SWAC
FJ 56 Jason Ledet 1 Big 12
SJ 88 Raymond Daniel 1 Big Ten
BJ 13 Martin Hankins 1 SEC

Assigned to all games:

  • Replay official: Mike Pereira (from the USFL Replay Center in Los Angeles)
  • Supervisor: Ron Baynes

Originally published April 10, 2022. Scroll down for live coverage.


Live coverage

Pereira providing live analysis while conducting a replay review

https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515818440178741262

Measurement timeout

https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515814877100756995

Personal fouls under automatic review

https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515802637215703048

O2O communication carried on-air

https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515783720606830596

Instant grading of officials — is this a good thing?

Awkward moment as Jason Garrett calls upon Mike Pereira (head of officiating) to evaluate a fellow employee on air. A little weird dynamic having the officiating boss also be the network rules analyst

After the commercial break, Pereira obliged with analysis of the missed face mask foul. Yes, there should have been a foul called here, but that’s not the point. Will this evolve into a situation where a former coach gets officiating grievances validated in real time?

Originally tweeted by Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs🇺🇦 (@footballzebras) on April 17, 2022.

Mike Pereira in the USFL Replay Center in Los Angeles

https://twitter.com/USFL/status/1515734266235260944

The return of the USFL

https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515473921553883141
https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1515476789270880263
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