NFL Hiring 17 Full-Time Referees, Salary Starts Between $75K & $200K
The NFL is ready to take the next step towards fixing their officiating problem.
According to multiple reports, the NFL’s vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent, says the league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season.
Every major sports league has full-time game officials except the NFL, until now.
“By this point in the season, everybody’s looking for a solution,” said Scott Green, who worked as an official for 23 years. “It happens every year, people are upset with calls so they say we should make [officials] full time.”
There has been many complaints about officials this year, not to mention the replacement refs that was an absolute travesty a few years back.
The new full-time refs will join existing crews of part-time officials, but current part-time officials won’t have their status changed to full-time.
“Green, who is a retired ref and the association’s executive director, said the union is fine with the NFL “using some full-time officials under certain circumstances including equitable compensation, benefits, clearly documented work duties and employee protections.”
Part-time officials currently make between $75,000 and $200,000 for the season.
However, Green noted that terms for the new hires have “yet to be discussed.”
According to Vincent, hiring full-time officials will make it possible for the NFL to train and work with them in the offseason. Officials are currently off from February after the Super Bowl until April when they have their health physicals.
Many current officials argue that they’re already working about 40 hours a week, even though it’s a part-time job.
Green also noted that the NFL schedule is unlike that of other pro sports leagues.
“If [teams] played every day during the week, it would make [being full time] more justified,” Green said. “But there’s only one crew working [the Thursday night game] and 116 officials that aren’t.”