Memo Shows NFL Seeking Scouts' Help In Finding Replacement Refs
Published June 6, 2012
"(1) An Official who [has] recently retired from a successful career in College officiating and is still physically able to officiate at a high level of competency. (2) Lower division college officials, professional league officials and semi-professional league officials whose window of opportunity for advancement has pretty much closed but who have the ability to work higher levels but just got overlooked."
Baynes also wrote that the officials should be prepared to participate in an intensive training program; be able to pass an extensive background check; and provide a statement from their personal physician stating they are capable of the physical expectations of the work.
NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello declined to make Baynes available for an interview. Aiello said in an e-mail, “We are hiring experienced college football officials from all levels.” NFLRA General Counsel Michael Arnold did not respond to a text for comment on this story.