NFL, CFL expand their officiating partnership

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The NFL is expanding its program to work with the Canadian Football League in an effort to improve officiating for both leagues.

The leagues announced today that six NFL officials will work in the CFL in June and July, which includes the CFL’s preseason and the first few weeks of its regular season. Six CFL officials will participate in the NFL’s officiating development program, which gives them additional training and the opportunity to get called up to the NFL if they prove themselves capable.

“Working together to develop a sustainable pipeline of highly qualified and experienced officials is in the best interest of both of our leagues,” NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Troy Vincent said in a statement. “We continue to explore how to collaborate on providing more on-field experience for our officials as well as developing a broad range of football personnel. This is a partnership that makes good sense.”

Most of the CFL season overlaps with the NFL season, so the two leagues can’t really share officials. But they can share training resources, and that’s exactly what they’re agreeing to do.

7 responses to “NFL, CFL expand their officiating partnership

  1. With the Watch ESPN app, there is no reason come the last week of June many of you should not be watching and betting on the CFL. Give it a chance. I went to the Grey Cup in Vancouver a few years ago and I had a blast.

    The NFL and the CFL need to partner on a lot more things, including developing quarterbacks and other players. A great thing the CFL does is that college QBs get to intern in their camps.

  2. CFL referees(and NFL ones) were taking a real beating in the media last year for mistakes so it is good news that both leagues are working on improving the blown calls and sheer number of flags thrown to improve games. Though as Glen Johnson of the BC Lions mentioned it would be nice if there was a headline after some games. “Referees had a great game and got nearly every call right” once in a while during the season.

  3. joetoronto says:
    May 16, 2017 5:19 PM

    Just close that bush league already, the CFL effectively died in the mid 80’s.

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    Says some clown / joker with Toronto in his handle. Center of the known universe, clearly not.

    I’m CDN and don’t support our league but most CFL fans are faithful and loyal and pack most of the houses for each game.

    Clearly you know very little about your own country’s league.

  4. packrule says:
    May 16, 2017 6:59 PM
    joetoronto says:
    May 16, 2017 5:19 PM

    Just close that bush league already, the CFL effectively died in the mid 80’s.

    ________

    Says some clown / joker with Toronto in his handle. Center of the known universe, clearly not.

    I’m CDN and don’t support our league but most CFL fans are faithful and loyal and pack most of the houses for each game.

    Clearly you know very little about your own country’s league.
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    Buddy, I was a CFL fan back in the 70’s during it’s heyday and stuck with it until the league introduced an insanely low salary cap in 85′, and it’s gone steadily downhill since.

    You remember 1985, right?

    SMH.

  5. This is a good idea, but the NFL refs have to be cautious to not get too used to the Canadian rules such as:
    -NFL needs two feet in bounds for a catch, whereas CFL is one foot.
    -CFL can go towards the line of scrimmage at the snap while in the NFL that is illegal motion, etc.

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