We begin in the NFL, and the league has made the huge decision today to fire some of its worst officials.
At this stage, the NFL is unwilling to release the names of the officials that have been fired, but the league will publish their new roster later this month.
“I won’t get into specific names. We are going to publish the roster toward the end of the month so you can look at the roster and probably figure it out,” Dean Blandino, the NFL's head of officiating Dean Blandino, said, according to ProFootballTalk.
Asked why and how the NFL came to the conclusion on which officials they fired, Blandino explained that officials are closely tracked, and if they’re near the bottom of the league on a regular basis, they will be fired.
“Any official, in any competitive arena, could have a poor season, so one season may not necessarily cause us to terminate an official,” Blandino added.
“But if it becomes a trend, multiple seasons, we have a tier-based ranking system, the third tier being the lowest performers. Once they enter Tier 3 we put them in an enhanced training regimen and put them in that program, and if we still don’t see improvement, that’s when we move on.”
This news coincides with the NFL's decision to appoint Sarah Thomas as the league's first female official.
Ridley to the Jets
Sticking with the NFL, and New York Jets have acquired former Patriots running back Stevan Ridley. Ridley has signed a one-year deal.
NBA & MLB update
Across to the NBA, and LeBron James will reportedly sit out the next two games as the Cavs look to save his energy for the playoffs.
And finally in baseball, Chicago Cubs won their first game of the season last night at Wrigley Field, after they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0.
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