Jeff Triplette resigns as president of NFL Referees Association

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Longtime NFL referee Jeff Triplette will no longer be the head of the officials’ union.

The NFL Referees Association announced today that Triplette has resigned as president of the organization. He will be replaced as president by Tony Steratore.

“I have truly enjoyed being part of the leadership of this great organization,” Triplette said in a statement. “I am proud that I was able to fight to protect the rights and interests of our members for the last 15 years. However, the conclusion of this season seemed like the right time for me to step aside and allow others to step up and lead the Union.”

Triplette has a long history of bungling rules and needing replay protocols to be changed to keep him from screwing up. Nonetheless, he has lasted 21 seasons as an NFL ref. There’s no indication that his departure from the Referees Association could signal an impending departure as a referee.

26 responses to “Jeff Triplette resigns as president of NFL Referees Association

  1. Wait… The refs have a union? I doubt the NFL owners could bust it, being such a strong organization..,

  2. bearwithjetpack says:
    Feb 17, 2017 3:03 PM

    First step towards competent reffing? Could be! Probably not though.
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    You must have missed this part:

    “He will be replaced as president by Tony Steratore.”

    As long as the dynamic duo of Goodell and Blandino are around, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for the betterment of refereeing.

  3. Triplette has a long history of bungling rules and needing replay protocols to be changed to keep him from screwing up.

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    LOL.

  4. One time Triplette was starting to explain a penalty. I went to the bathroom and dropped a deuce, went to the kitchen and made a sandwich and grabbed a beer and came back to my couch just in time to hear him finish his explanation.
    No joke.

  5. mongo3401 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 3:42 PM
    “Where else do part time workers have a unuin ?”

    The Spelling Bee officials union maybe?

  6. streetyson says:
    Feb 17, 2017 4:14 PM
    I’m surprised he lasted that long with so many whistle-blowers in his association.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    LOL..and I’m still chuckling. You win the Internet today!

  7. “As long as the dynamic duo of Goodell and Blandino are around, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for the betterment of refereeing.”
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    Absolute truth there. Why aren’t their full-time referees? It’s NOT the referee union holding that up–it’s the NFL. Remember how easily they got the rookie wage scale passed by the players simply by throwing the existing guys a small bone who then in turn didn’t care AT ALL what impact it had on the new guys who weren’t yet in the league? EXACT same thing would so easily work with the current referees.

    “We’re letting you current guys stay part time and throwing a couple extra bucks into your pension. Now, can all the new hired be full-time?” That would get approved same day. But Goodell and Company fear it would end up costing them more money long-term, so it hasn’t happened.

  8. I honestly didn’t think this guy was around anymore.

    Thanks for the memories, Mr. Triplette. We wish you well.

    Raiders fans? Prolly not so much.

    In fact, I didn’t even know there was a “Referees Association”. I do understand the fact that they can’t have a union, since they’re not employees of anything remotely involved with the NFL.

    Tony Steratore. Good choice. Now his focus will be somewhere else, too.

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