When the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams play the Buccaneers at Tampa Bay on Nov. 23, the game will be officiated by an all-Black crew. It has been a long time coming.
The Associated Press reported that five members of the seven-man team regularly work together. They have 89 seasons in the league among them and have officiated at six Super Bowls.
Part of the reason for the breakthrough is the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, the NFL has been assigning officials in ways to reduce travel and game assignment rules are looser now to have been relaxed to assign officials to have referees, umpires and judges work closer to home when possible.