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

The NFL Video Rulebook 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.

Art McNally

ART MCNALLY

SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS, 1968–1991
NFL OFFICIAL, 1959–1967

Art McNally says his first dream was to be a baseball umpire. Baseball’s loss was football’s gain.

Art McNally GameDay Central

Art McNally GameDay Central

In his more than two decades as the NFL’s supervisor of officials, McNally modernized the officiating evaluation and grading system and oversaw the first use of instant replay. So great is his impact that the officiating command center at NFL headquarters bears his name: Art McNally GameDay Central.

McNally showed his passion for officiating well before joining the NFL in 1968. While working as a high school teacher in Philadelphia, he officiated football, baseball and basketball games at every level.

“I couldn’t always be right, but I always tried to be honest,” McNally said in 1990. “I was that way when I was working sandlot games in Philadelphia, and I was that way in the NFL. I gave it my best shot every time out.”

A Marine corporal during World War II, McNally brought toughness, professionalism and integrity to his officiating career. Before he was named supervisor of officials, McNally worked for eight years as a field judge and a referee in the NFL and spent one season as a referee in the NBA.

One year I worked 270 games, and after that I decided I’d cut it back. But the next year I did 276. — Art McNally

In 1968, McNally was named the head of the NFL’s Officiating Department. He held that position until his retirement in 1991, leading the department through a period in which football reached new heights of popularity.

(AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance)

(AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance)

McNally implemented rigorous training and evaluation systems for his officials and held his crews to high standards. His every move aimed to improve officiating and reinforce the integrity of the game.

“I never wanted our men to hurt a team by making a mistake,” McNally said.

He also integrated key technological advancements in the game, using technology to its fullest effect. He scrutinized every play on film — and eventually video — and used recordings in his comprehensive evaluation process. His goal was to centralize and formalize his evaluation processes; Art McNally GameDay Central is the realization of this vision.

“It’s a fitting tribute to have his name on that room,” said former Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, “because he is NFL officiating.”

In honor of McNally’s dedication to the league and contribution to officiating, the NFL annually presents the Art McNally Award to a current or former official who embodies professionalism, leadership and sportsmanship.

“Art laid the groundwork for everything that we do today,” Blandino said. “He’s the biggest contributor to officiating over the last 50 years.”

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