Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.
Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool.
Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
This year, as in every year since the Harris Poll began asking about it in 1985, Americans who follow at least one sport say that pro football is their favorite — and television has played a key role in building the NFL’s popularity.
NFL games attracted more than 202 million viewers last season and continue to top the television ratings. In 2014, games on the league’s broadcast partners (CBS, Fox and NBC) averaged 19.2 million viewers — 159 percent higher than the average prime-time viewership (7.4 million) on the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
Television has helped elevate the Super Bowl from sporting event to de facto national holiday: Super Bowl XLIX, on Feb. 1, 2015, averaged 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in U.S. television history.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” averaged 21.3 million viewers in 2014 and has been prime time’s top-rated show for the full September-May TV season for four consecutive years — a first for a sports series.
Here are some of the highlights of the 2015 NFL broadcasting schedule:
The NFL is celebrating its premier event with “Super Bowl on the Fifty,” honoring the prestige and the history of the championship game, leading up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
CBS will televise Super Bowl 50 — its 19th Super Bowl broadcast, the most by any network.
“CBS Sports is proud to have made history televising Super Bowl I, and we are poised to do it again with the broadcast of Super Bowl 50,” says Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “This is a special season for CBS Sports, with more NFL coverage than ever before, including ‘Thursday Night Football,’ Sunday afternoon football, the AFC playoffs — and culminating with the biggest event in television history, Super Bowl 50.”
To make sure the best matchups at the end of the season are broadcast to the largest audiences, the NFL introduced “flexible scheduling” in 2006. This involves moving a game from its scheduled Sunday afternoon slot on CBS or Fox to the prime-time hours of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”
The NFL consults with CBS, Fox and NBC to determine which games will be flexed, and the league reserves the right to move the start times of Sunday games as long as it provides the teams affected and ticket-holding fans with 12 days’ notice. In week 17, the league can flex a game with playoff implications with only six days’ notice.
In week 17 of the 2014 season, the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which had playoff implications, was moved from Sunday afternoon on CBS to Sunday night on NBC.
From 2006 through 2013, only games scheduled in weeks 10–15 and week 17 could be “flexed.” In 2014, the league extended flex scheduling to include games starting in week 5. Between weeks 5 and 10, only a total of two games can be flexed, while no restrictions apply from week 11 on.
Flex scheduling does not apply to Thursday, Monday or the occasional Saturday games. The NFL always has had the ability to move Sunday afternoon games between the 1:05 p.m. ET and the 4:05 p.m. ET or 4:25 p.m. ET time slots.
In 2014 the league introduced “cross-flexing,” which allows up to seven games annually that would have typically aired on Fox or CBS to be aired on the other network. That means, for example, that an all-AFC matchup could air on Fox and an all-NFC game could appear on CBS. An equal number of games must be cross-flexed: If CBS airs three games originally slated for Fox, then Fox would have to get three games that would have originally aired on CBS.