The NFL has a race relations problem with the lack of African American coaches but tonight will boast an historic move. The league will have a record 5 Black referees of the 7 on-field officiating crew for Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
Tory Vincent executive director of NFL football operations told the Washington Post. “The diversity of this Super Bowl officiating team is a testimony to those who far exceed the on-filed leadership and excellence commensurate with the performance demands of the most significant game of the year for coaches, players and fans.”
The five Black officials on the Super Bowl crew field judge Michael Banks, line judge Carl Johnson, umpire Barry Anderson, back judge Greg Steed and side judge Boris Cheek.
The assignment are made based on the NFL grades official received on their regular season performances.