Wednesday, May 17, 2017
CFL, NFL EXPAND OFFICIATING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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.
“The CFL officials that participated in the development program last year benefited greatly from it,” said CFL Senior Vice-President, Football Glen Johnson. “We’re excited that the NFL saw enough merit in it to want to expand the program. This will give more of our officials the opportunity for enhanced professional development activities in order to continue to improve their performance on the field.”