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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

NFL Rules Enforcement

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

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 

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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

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

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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 and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) have announced a partnership to offer four summer internships for students at the league’s New York headquarters and its Los Angeles office. The NFL-NABJ internship program will offer students seeking opportunities in sports a hands-on, behind-the-scenes learning experience.

Interns will be placed with NFL Communications (New York City), the NFL Media Group (Los Angeles) or NFL Football Operations (New York City).

“We could not be more excited to partner with NABJ and the NABJ Sports Task Force on this inaugural internship program, said Dasha Smith, NFL Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “Diversity and inclusion are strategic imperatives, not just for the NFL, but for all professional sports organizations. This new partnership will be a key part of fostering a diverse workplace and developing a pipeline for future industry leaders in sports media.”

By providing diverse students with early exposure to fast-paced communications at the most popular professional sports league in the U.S., this new internship program will serve as a valuable laboratory for the next generation of storytellers and sports communicators,” said Jocelyn Moore, NFL Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.

“The partnership between the NFL and the NABJ represents a tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand media and communications from the business side of football,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “This understanding of sports communications will have a lifetime impact on those who will become the next generation of influencers.”

The new partnership will augment the NFL’s current summer internship program, providing selected students with the opportunity to explore all aspects of the business of professional football through challenging project assignments, speaker presentations, mentoring relationships and networking opportunities.

Each intern will also receive a sponsored trip to the 2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C in July 2020. During the convention, interns will be assigned a mentor and work as content creators for the NABJ’s Sports Task Force website and social media channels.

The application deadline for the 2020 NFL-NABJ Summer Internship is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. To be considered, the applicant must be an NABJ student member and a rising senior, graduating in either fall of 2020 or spring of 2021.

To view the application and a full list of requirements click here.

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