Full-time officials will be hired at each of
the seven officiating positions. The NFL currently employs a
roster of 124 officials, including 17 crews of seven people
apiece and five swing officials that serve as substitutes.
Prior to Wednesday's announcement, officials have worked as
contractors to the league.
"We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating
overall and ultimately the quality of our game," NFL executive
vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said. "We
share a common goal, which is to make our game as great as it
can possibly be, and look forward to working together on this
NFL Referees Association executive director Scott Green also
sees this move as a step in the right direction.
"NFL officials are always looking to improve, and we believe
that additional time, particularly in the offseason, will be
positive," Green said. "We're looking forward to working
together with the league on this effort."
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