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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It's a philosophical choice. Do we skirt or out-and-out break the rules to make sure the common sense thing happens, or do we enforce the rules and make a stupid mistake have a consequence to the team who committed the stupid mistake?
The Rams lost the coin toss, and quarterback Dak
Three players are suspended and both teams have been fined a half-million dollars in total after a freakishly violent end to the Thursday night game between the Steelers and Browns. The announcement came about 12 hours after the game went final, which is faster than any punishment in recent memory.
We recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.
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RO Tom Sifferman (Vietnam War, USA)
RO 1st Lt. Carl Madsen (Vietnam War, USAF)
Of note, field judge Mearl
The NFL is now accepting applicants for a new position to lead training and development initiatives for its current officials.
The position was created as a result of a provision in the collective bargaining agreement signed last month with the officiating union, which reportedly was to be a vice-president level position.
Officiating has had its fair share of controversy this season for perceived inconsistency by the common fan and a noticeable increase in penalties. The officials on the field have taken much of the blame, some of it earned, but a sense of dysfunction in the system is beginning to permeate
When referee Walt Coleman retired in 2018, he ended his career after 30 NFL seasons. He also joined a small list of officials who worked in the NFL for at least 30 years.
It takes a lot of factors to reach the 30-year milestone. An early entry into the league helps
As the Ravens prepare for their Week 5 game against the Steelers, they have to modify their playbook for an onside kick that occurred in Week 3.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was attempting an onside kick by a drop kick, which is legal to do on a kickoff. Tucker faked placing