Jim Quirk out as executive director of NFL Referees Association

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The union representing NFL officials is looking for a new leader.

As first reported by FootballZebras.com, former on-field official Jim Quirk is out as the executive director of the NFL Referees Association. PFT has confirmed that Quirk will not continue in the position.

Several reasons have been identified for the move. Ben Austro of FootballZebras.com explains that Quirk did not have a “hard edge” in dealing with the league. Austro also makes a point that repeatedly has come up regarding Quirk: His son works as a back judge in the NFL, and some perceive that Quirk hasn’t been aggressive as he could be or should be because he doesn’t want the NFL to retaliate against his son.

As one source told PFT, Quirk’s public comments in the aftermath of the Panthers-Giants game regarding the manner in which referee Terry McAulay’s crew handled the situation contributed to the move. McAulay quit the union in the aftermath of Quirk’s statement that the officials “should have been a lot more judicious in their attempts to get things under control.” Quirk also said, “I wish it had been handled different.”

The union’s business will now be handled differently moving forward, with someone else taking over the role of guiding the union.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m. ET 4/9/16: The NFLRA disputes the report that Quirk is leaving the position of executive director.

13 responses to “Jim Quirk out as executive director of NFL Referees Association

  1. Like any other union, all they’re there for is to protect terrible employees. People that can’t thrive on their own merits need protection.

  2. This is strange news. Some might even say odd or peculiar.

    Though I must admit I’ve always found him idiosyncratic and eccentric.

  3. slick50ks says:
    Apr 8, 2016 8:40 PM
    Like any other union, all they’re there for is to protect terrible employees. People that can’t thrive on their own merits need protection.

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    You need to go to a library and pull out some history books to see why unions were formed.
    Here’s a hint: terrible bosses who treated their employees as if they were pack mules is the reason.
    And it might surprise you to lean that some of those pack mules were children.
    One of the terrible things which has happened in this country over the last 20 years or so is companies have been able to crush unions with the help of the courts. I know. I was a member of the IBEW for over 39 years and it happened to us. We had a valid contract with specific wording regarding layoffs and things of that nature, yet the company ignored them as if they weren’t even there and the courts allowed them to do it. I still can’t believe that could happen in this day and age, but it absolutely did.
    It taught me one thing. You can put something in writing so rigid it can’t be misconstrued, but it means nothing. Because it all boils down to the judge you get when you go to court. We were unlucky because the one we got was in the company’s back pocket. And it could happen to anyone else, too.

  4. NinersRule says:
    Apr 8, 2016 8:41 PM
    This is strange news. Some might even say odd or peculiar.

    Though I must admit I’ve always found him idiosyncratic and eccentric.
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    Would have been easier to just say quirky

  5. I grew up w the son. The fathers a jerk.

    The sons about half a jerk. But friendly about it

  6. McAulay’s crew absolutely lost control of that game. Quirk was correct when he said they “should have been a lot more judicious” and it absolutely should have “been handled different.” As head of the union however he was wrong to say it publicly.

    Lil’ chippy’s Kraft obsession consumes him. Maybe someday his team will get a real owner too

  7. I’ve worked for two unions in different lines of work. In both cases fellow Union employees stated to me, ” you don’t have to work that hard, we are in a union.”

    Is it fitting that the picture on this post is the ref talking to packers players? “don’t worry…..we will give Aaron has many chances as he needs until you win”

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