Happy May 15: 2014 season begins for NFL officials

May 15 is a significant date for NFL officials.  It is the first day that the NFL starts communicating with their men in stripes.  As part of the union's collective bargaining agreement, the NFL does not communicate with officials from January 1 to May 15 of each year (with the

Week 9 referee assignments

Because we were down for most of the week, we have relied on football-refs.com to confirm this week's officiating assignments. Ed Hochuli, Mike Carey, Pete Morelli are off this week. Ron Winter is also off, and his crew is working with Bill Vinovich. Thursday, Nov. 1 Chiefs at Chargers: Alberto Riveron Sunday, Nov.


'REAL' OFFICIALS RETURN TO FIELD TONIGHT [Check the bottom of this post for the latest updates.] The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement that now begins the process of getting the union officials back on the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted the lockout with the tentative