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Former NFL referee Terry McAulay joins NBC as Sunday night rules analyst

By The Sports Xchange
Former NFL referee Terry McAulay joins NBC as Sunday night rules analyst
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera (L) talks with former NFL referee Terry McAulay (77) and side judge Michael Banks (C) during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears on October 2, 2011 at Soldier Field in Chicago. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Terry McAulay became the latest former NFL official to trade working on the football field for the broadcast booth.

NBC Sports announced Wednesday that McAulay will serve as an on-air rules analyst for its games on NBC Sunday Night Football. He will also work Notre Dame games for NBC.

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McAulay joins NBC Sports following his recent retirement after 20 years as an on-field NFL game official. He also served as the American Athletic Conference's coordinator of football officiating since 2008 (named the Big East Conference from 2008-13).

"We look forward to Terry joining our team and adding his officiating expertise to our NFL and Notre Dame coverage," said Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of NBC Sunday Night Football.

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"In 29 years producing primetime NFL games, I never worked with a finer official than Terry McAulay. From Super Bowls to Sunday nights, he always had complete command and control of every situation. He's a highly effective communicator and we look forward to him joining Al [Michaels], Cris [Collinsworth] and Michele [Tafoya]."

McAulay became the first NFL referee to work three Super Bowls with less than five years of experience. He worked in Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIII and XLVII in addition to 15 other playoff games -- including nine conference championship games.

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The 59-year-old McAulay joined the NFL as a side judge in 1998 and became a referee three years later.

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As an on-field college official, McAulay was the referee for the Nebraska-Tennessee national championship game (Bowl Alliance Championship) at the Orange Bowl in January 1998.

Former referee Gene Steratore will join CBS as a rules analyst for both the NFL and college basketball, the network announced Tuesday.

Steratore retired from the NFL after 15 seasons as an official on Friday. He worked Super Bowl LII in February and was involved in one of the most controversial on-field incidents in 2017 when he used an index card to determine if the Dallas Cowboys secured a crucial first down against the Oakland Raiders.

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