10 Reasons Why The NFL Has The Worst Judging Of All Professional Sports Launderer report

0 out of 10

    Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

    There are many potential reasons why officiating has always been questioned in all sports, at least from a fan perspective. Let’s face it, we’re all biased, for one thing. We want our teams to function well and therefore we often cannot see objectively.

    However, today’s technology allows us to see a lot of things that we have missed in the past, so that officials in every sport are more than ever under the microscope. paths until Sunday if you wish.

    Additionally, Sportscenter has spawned more shows that focus on everything sports related, including goofs. Okay, especially the goof-ups.

    All of this means that a bad call in any sport is unlikely to go unnoticed. However, in the NFL, it looks like officiating has become worse than ever, and not necessarily just because of better technology. In MLB, there are some missed calls to be sure. But then again, there are so many bang-bang decisions for a referee to make and damn if he doesn’t often make them right. How many times have you watched a tight game at first base and thought the call was wrong? Then you see it replaying and of course they got it right.

    Well, not so much in football, because in the NFL the appeals are more and more canceled. So let’s take a look at 10 possible reasons why this could be.

1 in 10

    There is a school of thought that claims that the ability of NFL coaches to challenge an appeal in the NFL has actually made their job worse. The idea here is that they can make the call knowing that if it is a bad call, the coach can just do it correctly by throwing the red flag. In the last two minutes, the booth may require a replay.

    While this may create a false sense of comfort for public servants, it is a terrible excuse. I doubt an official will admit it anyway, but if any of them are so flippant in their calls that they take them lightly, they’re doing themselves a disservice, the fans. , teams and the betting public.

    The original appeal is always critical, as the burden of proof is on the change of appeal, which means that the original appeal has a significant bearing on the outcome of the challenge if the replays do not show sufficient visual evidence.

    Since the introduction of the challenge system in 19xx, it seems the calls have gotten worse. Still, the NFL would be worse off without it.

2 out of 10

    This excuse is probably as implausible as the replay system for explaining bad referees in the NFL, but to say that it is even impossible to envision would be silly and naive. Those of us who like to throw in a shilling or two on occasion will tell you that it seems like some very strange things are happening on any given Sunday, and especially in nationwide televised matches, where audiences from the paris is often at its height. .

    Dan E. Moldea wrote a book in 1989 which claimed that the NFL games had been fixed. According to Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (William Morrow), “over seventy NFL games have been patched. Despite the evidence, league officials have long claimed that no professional football game has ever been successfully patched since the inception of the NFL in 1920. “

    Yes, that was a long time ago, but if it happened then, it could happen now.

3 out of 10

    Compared to hockey, baseball, and basketball, among the major sports, the NFL plays far fewer games. This, in theory, ensures that officials do not get the repetition of the game necessary to become good at their jobs.

    There are only 16 games played each year, so there is less opportunity for the referees to improve. Meanwhile, in baseball, for example, not only are there dozens of bang-bang games in every game, but there are 162 of them, allowing them to make quick decisions. At least that’s the theory.

4 out of 10

    Why do their employees fail at any job? Well there are many reasons but it is often because they are not suitable for the job or the environment in which they work.

    NFL referees don’t need any formal education, but why shouldn’t they be required to have college degrees or some sort of certification? Hell, even many non-management jobs today require people to graduate. Look, this is a bad economy and there are only a limited number of official positions in the league, so why not make it as difficult as possible for someone to get that position?

    NFL officials must demonstrate leadership qualities. They must be decisive, quick, impartial and not let their emotions rule their decision making. These aren’t qualities that can be demonstrated by working in a fast food restaurant, folks.

5 out of 10

    The NFL says its officials need to go through rigorous training, but a big part of that is before coming into the league. Once there, umpires get training to learn new rules and rule changes, but other than that they often don’t get extensive training because, in part, they take on other jobs.

    Training should include essential skills such as leadership and effective decision making.

    In addition, there are personality elements necessary to be a successful referee in the NFL. You can’t have a big ego or be overly emotional, or it will interfere with your decision making. Are personality tests routine? The game of the NFL is played by millionaires. This can cause players to lose control. It is imperative that the NFL referee does not lose his temper.

    Is there any physical training? NFL football referees need to be on the move almost constantly to referee the action.

    Of course, to be eligible, even to apply, you must have 10 years of experience as a football referee, including five at the college major level. But the NFL is different from football in high school, college, and abroad. There are billions of dollars in revenue at stake.

6 out of 10

    Of course, by making the NFL referees contract employees, it is easier to fire them. But this often happens after a season, if at all. There must be a penalty system in place in the NFL to suspend a referee for a game, for example, for a patently wrong call or a glaring error that was missed.

    It’s like being a parent: if you don’t create consequences for your kids, they’ll never learn. Make NFL umpires learn from their bad umpires and hit them where it hurts – their credibility and their wallet.

7 out of 10

    Do some referees seem to have them for certain teams, coaches or owners? Damn, yes. Do some referees seem to want revenge on coaches or players they don’t like? Damn, yes.

    Listen, umpires are human and suffer from the normal human frailties that we all suffer from. Maybe they can’t be objective in a critical game involving their favorite team. Or, maybe in the back of their minds, they think the Raiders, for example, are a dirty team, so they keep them on a different level.

    Whatever the cause, these conspiracy theories have abounded in the league for many years, and many believe they explain at least some of the NFL’s bad calls.

8 out of 10

    “The ground can’t cause a fumble”? Ah yes it is possible. It just doesn’t count in the NFL, which leads to a lot of unnecessary stops to analyze games and often makes referees bad. What if a fumble is a fumble? If the ball goes out before the whistle blows, it’s a fumble, end of story.

    Many of us saw this terrible new rule in play in week one when the Lions lost to the Bears on an appeal which, while correct, was the result of a ridiculous rule. As a Bears fan I’m thankful but let’s be honest it was a touchdown and the Lions should have won this game.

    The rule of the “end zone celebration” is also stupid. Come on let them celebrate, they just score a TD in an NFL game for shouting out loud.

    What is the point of all this? It’s that these obscure rules make it harder for officials to understand the game and focus on basic calls. Make the game less complicated by removing the silly rules and you would have a better referee game in my opinion.

9 out of 10

    NFL officials earn the lowest average annual salary of any major professional sports in the United States. Boo-fricken-hoo, isn’t it? Of course, it’s not apples and apples, but NFL umpires average $ 27,000 a year.

    Compared to the NBA ($ 128,000), the NHL ($ 139,000) and the MLB ($ 141,000), it’s a change.

    That’s not to say that they don’t earn a very good salary, especially considering that they have far fewer games than other sports. But overall, a lot of them need to work other jobs.

10 of 10

    NFL officials are not full time employees, they are employed on a contract basis by the NFL. Not only does this lower their pay, making them more prone to being “bought” by unscrupulous guys, it means they often have other jobs. This makes them less likely to devote their full attention to football and become better at refereeing.

    On the one hand, that’s an advantage, as the NFL can weed out unqualified officials simply by not offering them a contract the following season, where firing full-time employees would force them to justify.

    But the distractions of a second job make these guys less likely to be a good referee because of the distractions and time commitments. Many of them are executives in companies, or retirees with a pension, and if they miss a call, so what? It is not even their main source of livelihood.


Sara R. Cicero