Five game officials opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL announced Friday, and a source told ESPN that two replay officials had also declined.
The voluntary decisions, along with an agreement reached last week between the federation and the NFL Arbitration Association, bring the list of tournament officials to 114.
That should be enough to provide full staffing for every NFL game this season, but the federation is expected to add another half a dozen officials in the coming weeks to ensure there is sufficient staffing. cover for underlying illnesses and / or quarantine for the next six months.
The NFL announced the names of five game officials, none of whom were referees: referee Jeff Bergman, sub judge Steve Freeman, pitch judge Greg Gautreaux, pitch judge Joe Larrew and sub judge Tony Steratore .
Game officials who opt out will receive $ 30,000 in allowances and job guarantees for the 2021 season.