The National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) was awarded the 2023 NASO Mel Narol Medallion Award in Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 1, during the Celebrate Officiating Gala sponsored by Fox 40 International. The Gala capped off the 2023 Sports Officiating Summit.

The NFLRA, founded in 1972, is the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of everyone employed by the NFL to officiate games played by the Member Clubs of the NFL.

“The NFLRA organizationally, and through its individual members, has been supporting NASO and its mission for decades,” said NASO Founder Barry Mano. “In fact, the NFLRA was the very first organization to enroll all of its members into NASO, at a time when few organizations gave NASO such consideration. In the intervening years, this group of professional football officials has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with NASO, working on the behalf of recognition and endorsement of just how important sports officials are to the equation we know as organized sports. The ‘RA’s’ support has been and continues to be invaluable.”

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NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green served on the NASO Board of Directors from 2014-18 and was in Riverside, Calif., to help accept the award on behalf of the group. “The award recognizes the contribution the NFLRA has made through the years,” Green said. “There’s obviously been a lot of involvement on the (NASO) board as well. You look back through the years, there have been guys like Jerry Markbreit and Bill Carollo who have served on the (NASO) board.”

Current NFLRA Vice President Carl Cheffers served on the NASO Board of Directors from 2018-21 and current NFLRA Board of Directors member Ron Torbert is currently serving on the NASO Board of Directors.

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