NFL to begin employing full-time game officials
The NFL will begin the process of employing full-time game officials, the league announced Wednesday.
Up to 24 officials will be hired for 2017 after a plan was approved by the officials’ union (NFLRA).
We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of our game, NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent said in a statement.
There are currently 124 game officials. The full-time staff will come from that pool. Each of the seven field-officiating positions will be represented in the gradual hiring process and will serve on the NFL’s 17 crews, the league said.
We’re looking forward to working together with the league on this effort, NFLRA executive director Scott Green.
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