NFL, CFL expand program designed to develop more officials

Canadian Press

The NFL and the Canadian Football League are expanding their joint program designed to help develop more officials for the upcoming season.

The leagues announced the expansion Tuesday.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice-president of football operations, says working together to develop a sustainable pipeline of experienced officials makes good sense for both leagues.

A total of six NFL officials, up from four, will work with CFL crews in June and July before the NFL’s annual officiating clinic in July. The number of CFL officials doubles to six in the NFL’s officiating development program, which includes attending NFL minicamps and training camps, officiating preseason games in the CFL and college football.

A back judge will join the side and field judges used in the CFL last year.

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6 Comments on NFL, CFL expand program designed to develop more officials

  1. mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

    Good anything the league can do to improve officiating is strongly welcome.
    Here’s an idea. What about fining refs for every call that gets over turned or discovered penalties on coached challenges? That way they may use their own eyes more and less challenges will occur and the flow of game will improve

    • Fining an underpaid employee won’t help anything. Perhaps if they were paid a living wage (and didn’t need to have a real job to live, at least during the season) they could spend more time honing their craft.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm //

        So how much more are you willing to pay these guys so they can do it full time?
        Doesn’t matter if it’s part time. That doesn’t excuse bad performance

  2. Solara2000 // May 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm //

    Good initiative in terms of professionalizing and making officials on both sides of the border more ‘game-ready’.

  3. mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm //

    IMO worst ref in CFL is Kim Murphy

  4. Scottsask // May 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm //

    Andre Proulx

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