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.

The NFL’s media access policy ensures that national and local media have regular access to the game’s biggest stars, head coaches and other key personnel. Giving fans an inside look at their favorite teams deepens their connection with the league, increases the NFL’s audience, and keeps the focus on the game.

The policy sets the league’s minimum standards for access; clubs are encouraged to go beyond these requirements to help promote the game. Teams are expected to comply with the policy starting with offseason workouts and minicamps and continuing through the regular season, the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

Under the media access policy, each club’s public relations staff must arrange annual media training for all players and coaches, along with a separate session for rookies. The league holds teams responsible for communicating the policy to their players and for making sure that players understand the importance of being available for interviews after every game and during mandatory open locker room periods (four times a week during the season — typically on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — for 45 minutes per session).

The policy also includes sections on the release of medical information, weekly release of depth charts and weekly conference calls for head coaches and key players with media from an opponent’s city.

The league stays in close contact with the teams throughout the year, addressing any questions they may have and ensuring that the policy is enforced consistently. Violations are considered conduct detrimental to the league; players or teams that do not make themselves available to the media or do not adhere to the league’s policy may be fined. However, increased cooperation between the league and its clubs has reduced the number of fines: In the 2013–14 league year, the NFL issued only three fines for violations of the media access policy, down from 13 in the 2011–12 league year.

See the 2015 NFL media access policy.

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