Forget the athletes and the commercials – all eyes will be on the 2019 Super Bowl referees on Sunday.
After a missed call from the referees prevented the New Orleans Saints from qualifying for the Super Bowl, the seven civil servants working the NFL title game are far from the proverbial sideline. Who are the 2019 Super Bowl referees? Umpires in most sports probably prefer few people to know their names, but on Super Bowl Sunday they’ll be scrutinizing John Parry, Fred Bryan, Edgar Camp, Jeff Bergman, Steve Zimmer, Eugene Hall and Terrence Miles as they will take the field alongside Los Angeles. New England Rams and Patriots.
“All of these officials who are here have earned it because of their talents and the pressure that comes with working this game,” former NFL referee Gene Steratore said. Told Sports Illustrated. “There’s always a microscope on you.”
Luckily, that microscope probably comes with a six-figure salary.
According to a collective agreement, the NFL Referees Association achieved in 2012the average salary for NFL referees is $205,000 this year. This estimate of the annual income of NFL referees includes a base rate plus a certain amount of money per game.
Since the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year, it looks like it would come with the biggest bonus for officials. But since the NFL doesn’t publish its pay rates, it’s hard to say exactly how much Super Bowl 2019 referees earn.
In 2001, the Washington Post reported that NFL referees earned $11,900 to work the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, this is the most recent confirmed figure. (Money previously calculated that modern Super Bowl bonuses for NFL referees range between $30,000 and $50,000, but that’s just an estimate.)
Complicating matters further is the fact that staff at different levels likely earn different salaries.
Your cries of “Come on, ref!” are technically inaccurate, as there are approximately 120 officials on the current NFL roster with various titles: umpire, umpire, down judge, line judge, field judge, side judge, and back judge. Twenty-four of these officials work full time on improving “the consistency, efficiency and accuracy of NFL officiating”.
They and other civil servants also enjoy retirement benefits.
Previously, workers had a defined benefit plan, but this has been phased out in recent years. According to a Press releasethe league now has a defined contribution plan where he will contribute more than $23,000 per person in 2019. The NFL also partially matches when officials make their own contributions to their 401(k)s.
In general, professional NFL referees should look elsewhere if they hope to make money from the sport. Officials in the NBA and the MLB earn more than their NFL counterparts.