Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Michelle McKenna-Doyle

Michelle McKenna-Doyle

NFL Senior vice president and chief information officer, 2012 – present

Michelle McKenna-Doyle has left her technological footprint on professional football since joining the league as its first chief information officer in 2012.

Her job involves reconciling two of the NFL’s seemingly contradictory goals — respecting tradition and embracing evolution — while keeping the players and the fans at the center of her decision-making.

“We respect the traditions that got us here — the play on the field and the competition,” McKenna-Doyle said. “But we recognize that how the game is played and how our fans watch on TV and in person is evolving.”

The league is at the forefront of technology initiatives that benefit game play, officiating, player safety and fan experience.

The NFL “Sideline of the Future,” which McKenna-Doyle said she sees as a “collaborative effort across the league,” has started to become a reality under her leadership. Coaches use Microsoft Surface tablets to make in-game adjustments, trainers access digitized medical records and histories for every player, and players’ movements are tracked by sensors in shoulder pads. McKenna-Doyle and her team are modernizing how sidelines function.

“We’re looking forward to what our sideline will look like in one year, three years and five years,” she said.

Michelle McKenna-Doyle, NFL Chief Information Officer

Michelle McKenna-Doyle, NFL Chief Information Officer

McKenna-Doyle is no stranger to innovative technology within the high-profile entertainment industry. She previously held senior management and information technology positions at Universal Studios and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Even with that experience, she is aware that pro football’s popularity brings an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Until she joined the NFL, “I’ve never worked anywhere where the fact that a Wi-Fi signal went down made the front page.” she said. “When [technology] doesn’t work, the world knows.”

McKenna-Doyle has deep football roots, and her love for the game began at an early age. Her brother played college football at the University of Alabama, and her father hoped she would go there as well — but after meeting Auburn University head coach Pat Dye, she opted to attend Alabama’s rival. She worked in Auburn’s athletic department and tutored, among others, Bo Jackson during his time as a star football and baseball player at the school.

McKenna-Doyle sees her position as one where challenges collide with opportunities.

“If you look at how the game was played 10 years ago and how it’s played today, it’s evolved and changed,” she said. “There’s a merger happening between the evolution of technology and the evolution of the game. It’s a very exciting time to be at the NFL.”

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