NFL wants to start hiring full-time referees for 2017 season

The NFL is getting serious about its officiating.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Kevin Seifert, the NFL Competition Committee wants to begin hiring full-time referees for the 2017 season.

Back in December, NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent told the Associated Press that the league had plans to bring in as many as 17 full-time officials this offseason.

"This is a topic of discussion daily," Vincent said, per the AP.

NFL referees have been under fire for quite some time due to the quality of officiating. Slow-motion instant replays and social media echo chambers have only made them more susceptible to criticism.

Vincent told the AP that having full-time officials would afford the league more time for "training and consultation." Currently, most NFL referees have jobs outside of football. Improved officiating would be beneficial for all those invested in the action on fall Sundays, as well as Monday and Thursday nights.

Other professional sports leagues successfully employ full-time officials, and some within the NFL are reportedly ready to follow suit.

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