Lance Easley

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If you’re in a controversy, make your defense polite and well
reasoned. Give a good account of yourself, because that’s
what people will remember, not what the issue even was.”
—Stan Bickley


Born in Southern California, one of two siblings, raised by parents who were college professors and introduced to sports at an early age. Known by my nickname “Bronco “, I excelled in football, basketball, baseball and golf. Due to several foot surgeries my athletic career was cut short and even cut my military career short in the Marine Corps. While attending Ucla I began my officiating career. I was also the campus rep for the Miller brewing company earning the president’s award twice.

Post college-after a brief career as an actor I went on to work as a swimming pool designer, got married and had my son. Then moved to the central coast of California as the regional manager for family entertainment network. As they went out of business, I worked for several different companies while continuing my officiating career as an advocation, while also coaching college football for 8 years.

NFL and speaking-I was recruited by the NFL during the 2012 officiating lockout which led to me making a famous controversial call on Monday Night Football. The outcry went throughout all the media while I endured death threats and bomb threats. I was asked by major media outlets to share my story, including the Today Show, NFL Today and print. Next came the requests for Speaking about how I endured and survived this major life event, known as the “Fail Mary”. As I started speaking I became an author of “Making the Call/Living with your Decisions”. 

I also was the officiating expert guesting on Fox Sports College Game Day while doing hundreds of radio interviews and talk shows. After a short hiatus from speaking due to major health issues, including a bout with cancer, I’m back speaking full time with the support of my family, friends and Church. I’m currently married, a proud grandfather, love sports, playing golf, spending time with my family and pets while living in Gallatin Tennessee.
Lance Easley


Lance Easley
  • Former NFL Referee
  • Former President Los Padres Basketball Officials Association (LPBOA)
  • Former College men’s basketball official Western State Conference (WSC),High School basketball official Los Padres Basketball Officials Association (LPBOA)
  • Member California Association of Hostage Negotiators
  • Veteran United States Marine Corps
  • Former member of the Long Beach Mounted Police
  • Former Board Member Central Coast Officials Association
  • Former Assistant Football Coach (Offensive Line/recruiter) Allan Hancock College
  • Former College (NCAA) football official Southern California Collegiate Football Officials Association/Northern California Collegiate
  • Football Officials Association (LPFOA)
  • Football Officias Association (SCCFOA and NCCFOA) High School football official Los Padres