But the management of the site recently changed and the new officials decided it was time to cut their losses.
The same rule looks different in the hands of each new official.
The role of that new official appears certain to be a contentious issue.
There would be some old and new black officials.
"Some new officials want help in getting started," he said.
Up to this point, these new officials had no functional responsibilities.
In the last eight years, he said, the league has hired a total of 74 new officials.
For the most part, the new officials simply took over the offices of their predecessors.
He also worked as an observer and mentor to new officials.
Too many young, new officials are leaving their jobs after just a few years.