First All-Black Officiating Crew to Work in NFL Game

For the first time in NFL history, an All-Black officiating squad will serve in the game between the Ram and Buccaneers of Los Angeles next Monday night in Tampa.

Referee Jerome Bogar will lead the historic contingent, which includes umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Japani Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Geoffreys and back judge Greg Stead.

“The historic Week 11 crew is a testament to black officials’ countless and relentless contributions to the game, a testament to their exemplary performance, and recognition of this great sport for inclusion power,” said NFL Executive Vice President Trobe Operations Vincent.

The NFL typically gathers 17 of its working staff prior to the season and works to keep them together to promote teamwork and communication. The crew was geographically organized this year to reduce travel during the COVID-19 epidemic.

All officers for Monday night’s game are regular members of Boger’s crew except Johnson and Stead, who were pulled from other crews.

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