Referee Clay Martin hospitalized

Referee Clay Martin, who entered quarantine two weeks ago prior to a Monday night game he was scheduled to officiate, has been hospitalized in Tulsa, Okla., near his hometown. Martin has been on the league's covid list, according to a report on Dec. 21 in the Tulsa World, after he was

An official may be promoted to referee as part of Week 17 contingency plan

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With a thin bench, the NFL hopes to have full crews for the final weeks of the season

NFL teams have no more bye weeks for the rest of the 2020 season. That means only one crew will be on a bye week in Week 17 (16 games, 17 crews). With covid-19 a constant threat, the NFL has to be crossing its fingers that full crews of seven will be

NBC garbles Carl Cheffers penalty announcements to prevent profanity from airing

The NFL is doing its best to play a full season during the covid-19 pandemic. One of the ways the league can get games in is to play in near-empty stadiums. While it is a surreal sight, it also presents challenges for TV sound technicians. In 2020, when referees open their mics

Officials can now flag coaches for not wearing a mask

The NFL has given officials the authority to penalize coaches who "approach them in an innappropriate way" without a face covering, 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. This follows a Week 3 complaint by the NFL Referees Association that Baltimore Ravens coach, John Harbaugh, pulled his mask down and got in line

Report: NFL officials union complains about Harbaugh covid-19 violation during sideline argument

The NFL Referees Association, the officials' union, has reportedly complained to the NFL that Ravens coach John Harbuaugh pulled his mask down and violated social distancing guidelines to argue with line judge Mark Steinkerchner during the Week 3 Monday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. According to a report