COVID-19 forces a rushed offseason for NFL officials

The NFL officiating staff usually has a smooth and orderly start to its season. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic will throw monkey wrenches into that smooth and orderly start. No easing into the season The officiating "new year" starts on May 15. That's when the officials meet for a mini-clinic in New

Truncated offseason means less time to consider, vote on rule changes

Embed from Getty Images Updated 4/1/20 to reflect owners approving expanded playoffs As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run it's dangerous course, it appears that there will be less, if any, traditional offseason time. Already, the in-person league meetings have been canceled. The owners could meet met via teleconference sometime this week, to

NFL Annual Meeting canceled, rules changes vote put off until May

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that after "careful consideration and consultation with medical experts," the NFL has canceled the March 29-April 1, Annual Meeting due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Instead, the league will conduct its business at the NFL Spring Meeting, scheduled for May 19-20. This means that the NFL Competition

John McDaid leaves the field to be SEC officiating boss

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced today that long-time referee John McDaid will leave the field and become the new coordinator of football officials for the SEC and Sun Belt Conference. https://twitter.com/SECOfficiating/status/1224416534363365384 McDaid replaces Steve Shaw, who left the SEC to become college football's national coordinator. In a news release, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey

6 Super Bowl LIV officiating odds and ends

As we get ready to enjoy Super Bowl LIV, here are six things I've noticed about the crew. 1. Experience counts Since Super Bowl XXXIV in January 2000, this is only the sixth time where more than half of the crew had at least one prior Super Bowl under its belt. On