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Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; NFL referee Terry McAulay (77) during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Terry McAulay to referee Super Bowl XLVIII

Terry McAulay is to referee Super Bowl XLVIII, according to NFL.com columnist July Battista:

McAulay is one of the NFL’s most experienced referees, and has worked two Super Bowls already, having overseen the New England Patriots victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

He began his career as a member of Walt Coleman’s crew in 1998, and became a referee in 2001. That season he was in charge during the “bottlegate” game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns that saw McAulay call the game as over and order teams to the dressing rooms after Browns fans threw bottles onto the field following an official review with which they disagreed. Despite McAulay taking everyone off the field, commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent the players back onto the field after a 35 minute delay, and the Jaguars won the game 15-10.

If that level of controversy could be avoided during the Super Bowl both McAulay and the NFL will be pleased .

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