Posted December 31, 2013

Mike Pereira: All 17 NFL refs should be full-time

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After another controversial missed call, former head of officiating Mike Pereira says it's time to start paying refs full-time.

After another controversial missed call, Mike Pereira says it’s time to make the refs full-timers.

Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officiating, said he thinks it is time for the NFL to make the head referee on each of the 17 officiating crews into a full-time employee.

The NFL has slowly been converting some its refs from part-time employees who work other jobs to full-time refs who focus solely on studying the NFL rules.

Pereira’s comments were sparked by the missed Chargers-Chiefs call Sunday night, according to the Associated PressFrom the report:

“My personal belief is the 17 referees all ought to be full time,” Pereira told the Associated Press. “They need to explore that notion because having only one full-time referee and umpire and line judge and the others makes no sense. It would not achieve to me what having all 17 full-time refs would, because they should be involved with everything. Be involved in proposals of rules changes and teaching their crews and working with the teams in the offseason.”

 


3 comments
barn0doyle
barn0doyle

Judging by the increase in non-calls by refs on plays that directly affect the outcome of these games (with billions of dollars at stake), either the NFL steps up and increases their credibility or the notion the games are fixed will continue to fester...

SteveJoseph
SteveJoseph

@thebigdawg3 thanks for the insight, but he's correct.  The NFL is a MULTI BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY, the NFL officials who are on the hook to make every single call, and make them correct should absolutely be on a full time basis.