NFL looks at adding "booth umpire" and tech advisor for refs

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Thursday May 21, 2020

Undated--The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology advisor to the referee to assist the officiating crew.

The league also is looking at other rule changes, including an alternative to the onside kick. NFL clubs received a list of potential rule changes on Thursday. Owners will vote on the proposals at the upcoming league meeting to be held by video conference on May 28. A “booth umpire” would serve as an eighth game official.