NFL Referees Plan to Wear Masks on the Field

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The National Football League’s referees will be making every effort to minimize the risks to their health, when they return to the field.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league’s in-game officials will be wearing masks during the games.

As Pelissero reports, another interesting twist is the consideration of electronic handheld whistles. Something that should create quite an amusing image as officials try to break-up fights or prevent players from running to the end zone, by pointing handheld devices and frantically mashing buttons.

If a large number of referees do decide to opt-out of this season, that could prompt a return of the infamous replacement referees that the league called upon in 2012. And, as I’m sure most of us remember, that didn’t turn out so well.

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