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.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

Nineteen current and former NFL players will take part in the 10th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp on May 16-19 at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Another six players who graduated from previous Broadcast Boot Camps will participate in an “Advanced Broadcasting” program.

The four-day boot camp, co-directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL broadcasting departments, will feature instructors from top broadcast and radio networks, including Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and Westwood One Radio.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction in tape study, editing, studio and show preparation and production meetings, radio production and field reporting. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter, and will have a chance to serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The “Advanced Broadcasting” curriculum will include one-on-one coaching and feedback from faculty members, as well as a voiceover audition with EA Sports. Players will further develop their skills in play-by-play analysis, radio broadcasting, field reporting and other techniques.

“Over the last decade, this program has resulted in numerous career opportunities for our players in the competitive broadcasting field,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Charles Way. “The boot camp not only provides players with the skills but also the confidence to succeed in the media industry.”

Learn more about NFL Player Engagement

Participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest host spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2016 season. Former NFL players Jabari Greer and Ben Hartsock served as studio analysts for Sky Sports in the U.K. one Sunday last season.

More than one-third of the more than 200 players who have taken part in NFL Broadcast Boot Camp have earned broadcasting jobs through their participation in the program.

Players are selected through an application process based on NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.

The list of players scheduled to participate includes:

NAME

TEAM

Emmanuel Acho

Free Agent

David Anderson*

Former Player (HOU, WAS)

Bobby Carpenter

Former Player (DAL, DET, MIA, NE)

Willie Colon*

Free Agent

Eric Decker

NYJ

Braylon Edwards

Former Player (CLE, NYJ, SEA, SF)

Brad Hopkins

Former Player (TEN)

James Ihedigbo

Free Agent

Rashad Johnson

TEN

Ben Leber*

Former Player (MIN, SD, STL)

Brandon London

Former Player (MIA)

Langston Moore

Former Player (ARI, DET, CIN)

Will Overstreet

Former Player (ATL)

Mike Pouncey

MIA

Marcus Price*

Former Player (BUF, NO, SD)

Marcel Reece

OAK

Stan Routt

Former Player (HOU, KC, OAK)

Geoff Schwartz

DET

Freddie Scott

Former Player (ATL, IND)

Duane Starks

Former Player (ARI, BAL, NE, OAK)

Brandon Stokley

Former Player (BAL, DEN, IND, NYG, SEA)

Adalius Thomas*

Former Player (BAL, NE)

Clevan “Tank” Williams*

Former Player (MIN, TEN)

DJ Williams

Former Player (CHI, DEN)

Dave Zastudil

Former Player (ARI, BAL, CLE)

* Advanced Broadcasting program participants

The list of NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program includes:

NAME

ORGANIZATION

Glenn Adamo

NFL Network

Kenny Albert

FOX

Michelle Amos

NFL Films

Brian Baldinger

NFL Network

James Brown

CBS

Quentin Carter

Big 10 Network

Mark Champion

NFL Play-by-Play

Steve Cohen

SiriusXM

Mike Corey

NBCSN

Greg Cosell

NFL Films

Howard Deneroff

Westwood One

Victor Frank

CBS

Ryan Galvin

CBS

Rob Gill

NFL Films

Annie Hoffman Goodrich

Sportscast Stars Training

Bob Goodrich

Sportscast Stars Training

Scott Graham

Westwood One

Dan Hellie

NFL Network

Ron Jaworski

ESPN

Arthur Joseph

Vocal Awareness

Linda Kane

NFL Films

Seth Markman

ESPN

Gerry Matalon

Playbook, Inc.

Curt Menefee

FOX

Bruce Murray

SiriusXM

Nick Pavlatos

SiriusXM

Merrill Reese

WIP Radio Philadelphia

Jason Romano

ESPN

Ray Smaltz

RaySun Productions

Debbie Steer

NFL Films

Chip Swain

NFL Films

Ross Tucker

SiriusXM

Jacob Ullman

FOX

Solomon Wilcots

CBS/NFL Network

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