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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


NEW YORK - 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.

“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.”

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

I would much rather see money spent to train and sharpen the skills of the officials than on replays and yellow flags. Way too many time delays. The game was played and officiated without for a long time and yes errors were made but the game survived. Ditto NHL!!

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good program for officials to sharpen their skills. I don't bash officials. Making controversial calls or wrong calls is part of the game of football, and really part of any sport. I live with bad calls and controversial calls. But I feel the league has gone way too far with video review. Stop allowing the review of penalties. All these reviews on pass interference, roughing the passer, illegal contact, etc. are taking away from the enjoyment of the game. I love the CFL. These last two seasons, I cannot sell the CFL to potential new fans with so much reviews. I can't believe the CFL does not see how all these reviews are killing the game. It's insane how tone deaf the rules committee is on this. I guess it's largely because coaches and GM's don't care about entertainment.

Anonymous said...

The reason why replays are sticking around is because of Glen Johnson. He has made it clear that they are here to stay and it is the hill he will die on, no matter how ticked off the fans are. He and his supporters will never get it through their heads that it is impossible to "get the call right" on judgement calls because everyone has a different opinion. We are seeing that in the NHL right now with offside and goalie interference and it's ruining the game.

One of the first priorities of the new Commish should be to immediately terminate Glen Johnson's position with the CFL. His stubborn attitude and ignorance has wrecked this great game. All because he wanted to trash Orridge and take the Commish job himself. Hopefully Mr Morsky and the board sees through his BS and hires someone who will get rid of him. The fans deserve nothing less than this.

Gunderson's Yorkton