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NFL Will Hire Full-Time Game Officials

Today the an announcement was issued stating the intentions of the NFL will hire full-time game officials. Keith Allison / Flickr

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NFL Will Hire Full-Time Game Officials


An announcement issued today states the NFL will hire full-time game officials. The NFL in collaboration with NFL Referees Association announced they will hire between 21 and 24 full-time officials.  The current officiating roster rests well above this number at 124 Officiants; however, the fact that the NFL is looking to make changes and add some continuity to the games is a very good thing.

Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent had this to say:

“We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of our game. We share a common goal, which is to make our game as great as it can possibly be, and look forward to working together on this new effort.”

Discussions of full-time officiating staff have been had on countless occasions without any resolution from the league. From fans to analysts, to players and former coaches, this topic is often around controversial games and calls. It is very surprising that this move took this long to come together.

Later, NFLRA Executive Director, Scott Green also added his insight following the announcement:

“NFL officials are always looking to improve, and we believe that additional time, particularly in the offseason, will be positive. We’re looking forward to working together with the league on this effort.”

The hired officials will be from all seven officiating position and may serve on each of the 17 officiating crews, per the release. In addition, the hired officials will play a very important role in “enhancing communication and the flow of information to and from on-field officials”.  This includes communications to NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating, Alberto Riveron and other league officiating supervisors.

 

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