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Troy Vincent: NFL having daily discussions on full-time officials

Officials, including side judge Keith Washington, right, discuss a play late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions that was ruled a touchback after Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson fumbled and the ball went out of bounds in the end zone, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 13-10. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


A month ago, Saints coach Sean Payton laid out his case for full-time officials in an appearance on PFT Live. Since then, the subject has been much discussed around the NFL.

In fact, it’s been discussed every day in the league office, according to Troy Vincent, the league’s V.P. of football operations.

“This is a topic of discussion daily,” Vincent told the Associated Press.

Those daily discussions have led the league to conclude that it should hire up to 17 full-time officials this offseason, Vincent said. That would be enough to have one full-timer on every officiating crew. The NFL is also considering increasing the size of crews from seven to eight.

NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said after Payton made his case for full-time officials that the idea has merit. Hiring 17 full-timers is still a long way from making all of the officials in the league full-timers, but the league may be heading in that direction.