New officiating CBA calls for hiring a VP to coordinate training

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The NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed on a new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement last weekend and one of the deal points the two sides agreed to involves the hiring of someone to coordinate training and development of officials.

The league will hire a vice president to oversee that work and is designed to revive an existing training program. That program has gone from nine trainers to two trainers in recent years and NFLRA executive director Scott Green explained what they hope to accomplish by focusing on that area.

“The trainers wouldn’t be involved in grading officials,” Green said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “It would be more of a mutual mentor-type relationship. They would be asking, ‘What can I help you get better at?’ That sort of thing.”

The need for additional training and development resources could be exacerbated by another deal point. The CBA includes a one-time incentive to officials with at least 20 years of experience to retire before next season. There are 23 officials who qualify and a slew of new hires would make the training process all the more important.

9 responses to “New officiating CBA calls for hiring a VP to coordinate training

  1. “The league will hire a vice president to oversee that work and is designed to revive an existing training program.”
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    REVIVE?! You’re telling me they haven’t actively been training these guys? Wonder why there are so many calls where the refs seem unsure of the rules? They should form a committee under a new vice president to look into that.

  2. How many VP’s does the league office need?

    Everyone there is either a VP or Executive VP of something.

    Does anyone actually do anything?

    Why doesn’t Al Riveron do it, it’s not like he’s busy officiating.

  3. You think reffing is a mess now, just wait until a whole slew of inexperienced refs get on the field.

    “Do I get a participation trophy after each game?”

  4. If I ran a $50 billion organization I’d make sure the refs were well trained.
    Maybe it’s just me but I hate it when games are poorly officiated, with missed major penalties, and instead lots of ticky tack penalties negating plays.

  5. It’s interesting they are trying to get the experienced refs out the door. Could result in a big, rapid turnover. Now, the question is why the league wants to do that.

  6. The NFL, a $10 billion business, needs full-time officials, not a collection of some full-time and part-timers. They can do everything else but it won’t matter unless they get a full-time commitment from ALL officials. You can’t go from being an insurance salesman from Monday through Friday and expect to be a top-notch official on Sunday.

  7. You can’t go from being an insurance salesman from Monday through Friday and expect to be a top-notch official on Sunday.
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    Why not? That’s how it’s always been done and officiating use to be a lot better. College officials have other jobs and they are doing a much better job than the NFL is doing at getting calls right. Seems like the NFL biggest problem is over officiating in an effort to keep games competitive.

  8. NFL refs are a joke. Games are putrid to watch. College ball is more appealing.

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