Five game officials have opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL announced on Friday, and a source told ESPN that two review officials have also been selected.
Voluntary decisions, along with an agreement reached last week between the league and the NFL Referral Association, puts the list of league officials at 114.
That’s enough to fully staff every NFL game this season, but the leagues are expected to add maybe half a dozen more officials in the coming weeks to ensure there is enough staff to cover potential illnesses and / or quarantines during the next six months.
The NFL released the names of five game officials, none of whom are referees: line-up referee Jeff Bergman, referee behind Steve Freeman, field referee Greg Gautreaux, field referee Joe Larrew and referee behind Tony Steratore.
Gaming officials who opted out will receive a $ 30,000 warranty and job guarantee for the 2021 season.