Reports are that right before the NFL locked out its officials, a league executive sent out a memo to scouts asking again for their help in finding replacement refs.
College football and possible refs from the Arena League are up for promotion to the NFL to take the spot of the refs being now “locked out.”
NFL Director of Recruiting Officials Ron Baynes wrote in the Saturday, June 2, letter to scouts, “All applying officials should be in good health and look the part of a fit and capable official.”
Baynes sent out a similar memo to scouts earlier this year, according to a report by FOX Sports in May. Baynes, in the June 2 memo, wrote that the league was seeking to interview the non-NFL officials and referees as part of a “contingency officiating replacement plan” in case a collective bargaining agreement is not reached.
Baynes wrote that the NFL was “targeting” a certain type of official and listed seven attributes the league was looking for, including:
“(1) An Official who [has] recently retired from a successful career in College officiating and is still physically able to officiate at a high level of competency. (2) Lower division college officials, professional league officials and semi-professional league officials whose window of opportunity for advancement has pretty much closed but who have the ability to work higher levels but just got overlooked.”