On Thanksgiving Day, you may see more lawyers on TV than you realize.

No, it’s not the many Law & Order: SVU marathons or Edgar Snyder commercials appearing on your screen, rather, 90 percent of NFL referees have full-time second jobs and some of those referees are lawyers.

Notably, Ed Hochuli, NFL referee since the 1990 season, works as an attorney at his own firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.

This Thanksgiving, as I sat with my Dad watching football, I was also surprised to learn that NFL referees are expected to make at least $200,000 per year referring approximately 20 games by 2019. It’s hard to imagine making upwards of $200,000 for a part-time position.

For now, I’ll side with the NFL and agree that NFL referees should work full-time. As a future lawyer: save some legal partnerships for the rest of us.

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