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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

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

Big Data Bowl

The inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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 Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. announced plans for the 2019 NFL Draft Experience, presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a free three-day football festival held outside of Nissan Stadium during the 2019 NFL Draft, April 25–27. The Experience will be the largest to date and the first to integrate a free concert series featuring Nashville-based artists.

Grammy-winner Tim McGraw will headline the concert series at the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville. Grammy-nominee CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem to open NFL Draft activities. 

"We're excited to show NFL fans from around the country why there's no better place for the Draft than Music City," said Steve Underwood, President and CEO of the Tennessee Titans. "Along with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., and some of Tennessee's most talented artists, musicians and businesses, we'd like to welcome the NFL family to our team's hometown."

Throughout the week, the Draft Experience Stage will feature 15 Nashville-based acts representing diverse musical genres. Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Each year, the NFL strives to make the Draft weekend a memorable experience for our fans. The passionate fan base and iconic location will ensure a unique experience that is unlike anything fans have ever seen," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business and League Events. "We want to thank the Tennessee Titans and the city of Nashville for being a gracious host for the 2019 NFL Draft."

2019 NFL Draft Experience Presented by Oikos Triple Zero

Sponsored by Bridgestone, Bud Light, Dannon, FedEx, Ford, Lowe's, Mars, Nationwide, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Sleep Number, Verizon and Visa

Hours of operation:

  • Thursday, April 25: 12 PM – 10 PM 
  • Friday, April 26: 12 PM – 10 PM
  • Saturday, April 27: 9 AM – 6 PM

Activities at the NFL Draft Experience:

  • Autograph Stage at Draft: Get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends.
  • NFL PLAY 60 Zone: Take part in interactive games, Play Football clinics and activities for families and children.
  • Vince Lombardi Trophy: Have your photo taken with the Super Bowl trophy.
  • NFL Shop presented by Visa: Get exclusive deals on NFL merchandise.
  • Taste of Tailgate: Sample food from Nashville restaurants and Bud Light.
  • NFL Draft Experience Stage: Hear live music from 15 Nashville-based artists.
  • Look Like a Pro: Have your photo taken on a replica NFL Draft Main Stage with your favorite NFL team’s draft day jersey and share on social media.
  • Pepsi NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity: Have your picture taken with your favorite NFL team oversized helmet.
  • Combine Corner: Run the 40-Yard Dash or test your vertical jump — just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Fans can follow the action and get access to exclusive viewing areas at the NFL Draft Main Stage at NFL Draft 2019 with the Fan Mobile Pass app — the central hub for information and updates on the Draft Experience.

Visit the NFL Draft Experience website for more information.

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