Full-Time Officials: The NFL Finally Makes the Move
On Wednesday, the NFLRA, the union for NFL officials, approved a joint plan with the league to begin implementing full-time officials immediately.
The goal will be to get to 21 to 24 full-time officials, though that could take some time. It’s expected that there will be some full-timers in place before the start of the 2017 regular season next month.
“I think they’re going to get plenty of applications,? NFLRA executive director Scott Green told the MMQB.
Under the plan, negotiated by the league and union, each of seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five full-timers coming from one position. The full-time officials will draw from the current roster of 124 game officials, and the full-time officials will be permitted to have outside employment so long as, as Green explained it, “the hire will recognize the NFL as its primary employer.?