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NFL to hire 21-24 full-time game officials from field of 124

10 August 2017

Not only will it be streaming games on Amazon this season and cutting down on the length of games, but now it's bringing on as many as 24 full-time officials.

Also worth noting is that the full-time officials will be allowed to hold jobs outside of the NFL.

Many officials already work about 40 hours a week, even though they're only part-time employees.

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Just under five years after the NFL and the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) agreed to experiment with the possibility of employing full-time officials as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the NFLRA is taking another step in that direction.

Prior to Wednesday's announcement, officials have worked as contractors to the league.

"NFL officials are always looking to improve, and we believe that additional time, particularly in the offseason, will be positive", said NFLRA Executive Director SCOTT GREEN.

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The NFL and the NFLRA said in a joint press release that they'll be working to figure out how to use the new, full-time officials when they're not working games and during the off-season.

Green said the "biggest difference" will come in the offseason, when full-time officials will spend time at National Football League headquarters and participate more closely in rule development meetings with the competition committee. Between 21 and 24 officials will be hired, and they "will play an important role in enhancing communication and the flow of information to and from on-field officials", according to the NFL's release. The ultimate goal would be, you think, to make all officials full-time, although it may take a while before the league is willing to make that leap.

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NFL to hire 21-24 full-time game officials from field of 124