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NFLRA refutes claims of biased officiating

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The NFLRA insists each team gets the same treatment

Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

According to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, the National Football League Referees Association has refuted claims that certain referees and their crews have a bias against particular teams.

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

As the story notes, the Patriots have complained about receiving unfair treatment when Jerome Boger has officiated their games.

Naturally, the NFLRA is going to push back on this but the numbers and disparity don’t lie.

For comparison, on average in their last four Pete Morelli games, the Eagles are being flagged 10 times for 99 yards as opposed to their opponents who are being flagged two times per game for 18. As Scott Green, Director of the NFLRA, noted in the report, the cited numbers don’t factor in penalties declined, but even then anyone with eyes could see how poorly the Eagles’ Thursday Night Football game was officiated.

Human error is always going to factor into officiating, but the large disparity between teams is always going to raise questions and draw criticism.