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Report: NFL won't have full-time officials in 2020

FILE PHOTO: The NFL logo is pictured at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

The NFL will not bring back its full-time officiating program in 2020, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The officials will remain as part-time employees.

In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the league converted some officials to full-time employees, a response to those who said the officiating would improve with the move. It was discarded in 2019 as the league and the NFL Referees Association negotiated their collective bargaining agreement.

ESPN said the league had decided in May to make an estimated 10 officials full-time employees but told the union last week that costs made the move impossible.

As full-time employees, the officials could spend the offseason taking part in training programs instead of holding jobs as most do.

Five on-field officials and two replay officials have opted out of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media

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