May 15 has arrived. No, this is no ordinary Friday – May 15 is the first day of the official new year. As of today, the list of NFL officials is now “in season”. The officiating staff enters a “dark period” after the Super Bowl to allow officials to have uninterrupted time in their other occupations, in exchange for the inconveniences of the season. The dark period is imposed by the collective agreement between the league and the association of officials.
The first sign of the new year for NFL officials is the receipt of “Memo # 1” in their inboxes from Al Riveron’s senior vice president of officiating, who is entering his fourth season. at the bar. However, this season, this rating will be like no other. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our national and global community, many aspects of an official new year have yet to be determined.
Typically, “Memo # 1” includes the introduction of new rules for the upcoming season, an open book rule test and an official welcome for new officials who have joined the list this year. This year, the proposed rule changes have still not been voted on and will not be processed by the league and club owners until the end of May.
The official mini-clinic, which precedes the main clinic in Dallas in July, has been canceled due to restrictions on social gatherings. The status of the main clinic, which is two months away, is still unknown. First-year officials do not participate in face-to-face meetings which help bring the list together and build camaraderie among the 17 teams.
Many questions remain unanswered at this stage. Will NFL officials and Art McNally Gameday Central executives meet virtually in the coming weeks? Although the NFL schedule has been published, will it remain in its current state, and how will the refereeing teams be affected? We live in a society where we demand answers, especially now, but it’s time to let each day come and keep our ears on the streets for the fate of the 2020 NFL season.
The zebras are back in the season, and we hope to see them grazing on the soccer fields safely this fall.
Leave the field
|R||66||Walt Anderson||24||Texas||former coordinator of college officials, retired dentist|
|DJ||90||Mike Spanier||21||St. Cloud State||middle school principal|
|LJ||18||Byron Boston||25||Austin||tax consultant, Southland Conference coordinator officiating|
|U||161||Tab Slaughter||3||Large 12||XFL center judge, AAF referee|
|DJ||166||Frank LeBlanc||2||Large 12||2019 Big 12 Championship|
|LJ||150||Michael Dolce||2||Big Ten||XFL judge|
|FJ||143||Joe Blubaugh||2||Large 12||National Championship 2017|
|SJ||139||Tra Blake||1||ACC||XFL and AAF Referee|
|SJ||171||Clay reynard||4†||Pac-12||XFL and AAF side judge|
Shown with position, uniform number during officials’ development program and number of years in programs. †4 non-consecutive seasons in ODP.
Promoted to arbitrator
|R||130||Land clark||3||Ground judge||Sevier Valley Tech||building chief|
§includes the 2020 season