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Ref Ed Hochuli with an inside look at what he does on a typical play
Ed Hochuli works 50 hours a week at the Phoenix law firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and an equivalent amount in his job as an NFL referee, an exceedingly difficult occupation that is also, for the 22-year veteran, a preoccupation. On Wednesday, while I was reporting a feature on referees that you can read in next week's Sports Illustrated, he described a single random play.

NFL hosting free officiating academy in East Liverpool
The National Football League is hosting a football officiating academy at East Liverpool High School starting June 7. It is free for participants and offers the chance to get certified to be a referee.

A day in the life of NFL Commissioner Goodell
Kroft's team lives out a fan's dream: Going behind-the-scenes with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from the sidelines to Monday morning meetings

Response 'phenomenal' for Indianapolis Super Bowl 2012 NFL Experience, which opens today

The NFL Experience is looking like a winner even before it opens.
More tickets have been purchased in advance for the 20th edition of the NFL Experience than for any previous Super Bowl site. The event opens today at the Indiana Convention Center.
Billed as pro football's "interactive theme park," the attraction spans more than 850,000 square feet and includes more than 75 exhibits. Visitors will be able to run on a full-sized field, test their passing accuracy and hang out in a replica locker room.

Wayne Mackie, the only current NFL official native to New York City, gives back to his community

Just mention Jim Joyce, the umpire who infamously missed the call and cost Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game this month and Wayne Mackie flinches.

"That's any official's worst nightmare," says Mackie, an NFL official since 2007 who worked divisional playoff games and the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. "The whole goal, every time you go out there, is to make the right call, to not affect the outcome of the game and to go under the radar and not be noticed."

N.F.L. Scouts for Refs in Public Housing

In a scene out of Hollywood, a wise coachlike figure in a neatly pressed polo sat in a darkened classroom surrounded by young, sweaty men watching football tapes. When a lineman tackled the quarterback, a chorus of “ohs” echoed through the room.

But this was no movie; it was the opening session in a first-of-its-kind football officiating academy (pdf) for 17- to 24-year-olds sponsored by the National Football League and the New York City Housing Authority.

NFL officials prepare cadet referees, coaches for season

More than 75 company athletics football referees and coaches received lessons from the pros during an NFL Officiating Clinic at Arvin Gymnasium Sept. 16.

F. David Coleman, a West Point Class of 1973 graduate and director of officiating for the NFL, brought some of the league’s top officials to West Point to teach a little of their trade to the cadets under the auspices of the Department of Physical Education. To be a better official requires not only a knowledge of the fundamentals, but a passion for the game as well.

Women earning their stripes in NYC

you head out to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, N.Y., on Wednesday evening, you might see a future NFL referee on the field at the NFL Officiating Academy. It's possible that one of the two women taking part in this year's program will someday work on NFL Sundays.

Since July 13, Annie Treherne and Jenice Hampton have been among the 60 New York City residents participating in the NFL Officiating Academy through a partnership with the New York City Public Housing Authority.

Football Officiating Academy on NBC
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