He was one of the first referees to become a household name, known by the spectators as the referee with the colorful announcements and by players and coaches as one of the most-respected and shrewdest game managers. His unbusinessmanlike demeanor on the microphone was his trademark and an endearing trait
Professional football continues under the banner of the XFL, which begins its inaugural season Feb. 8, just six days after Super Bowl LIV.
The XFL uses the 8-person mechanics of the NCAA and has 48 officials from Football Bowl Subdivision conferences on six crews. This differs from the NFL in that
The NFL has furnished Football Zebras with the rules modifications in place for the Pro Bowl. For player safety and exhibition purposes, there are restrictions on formations, pass coverage, and rushing the quarterback or kicker. In addition, there are some rules and procedures in place to test for a possible
In a disappointing move, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will not have a game official in the Hall of Fame for its centennial celebration, despite having relaxed its rules for one year only.
Art McNally, 94, a former referee and the head of officiating in the NFL from 1968 to
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Every year, we try to sift through the tea leaves and narrow down the likely candidates for the Super Bowl. Given a combination of factors in previous years, once we were correct in December, other times we were a little guarded in the second week of the playoffs,
From the highlights to the lowlights, the past decade has been full of news, advancements, and controversies in the world of NFL officiating. We live in a very different world we lived in just ten years ago. Without further ado, from the game-changing calls to the broken glass-ceilings, and from
The process of assigning playoff officials has been largely a secret, with some of the details not even shared with officials. However, there is a general framework that has been established by the league and the officials' union.
Senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron determines the assignments by placing officials in
Here are the kickoff times and dates for the NFL 2019–20 postseason games. All times are Eastern. Referee assignments will be posted when available.
Wild Card Playoffs
CREWS | COVERAGE
Saturday, Jan. 4
₅Bills at ₄Texans, 4:35 p.m. ESPN ABC -- Tony Corrente
₆Titans at ₃Patriots, 8:15 p.m. CBS -- John Hussey
Sunday, Jan. 5
We are covering the Peach Bowl, the semifinal playoff game between 4Oklahoma and 1LSU. Today's crew is from the ACC.
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