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No real progress between NFL and officials

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The Saints and Cardinals will play the first preseason game of the 2012 season on Sunday, an event that should draw more attention to the current standoff between the league and officials.

The league hasn’t confirmed officiating assignments for the Hall of Fame Game, but the lockout remains in effect and a league source tells PFT that there’s been no real progress in talks between the two sides. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wouldn’t say what, if any, action players would take if the league puts replacement officials on the field for games but no one has been shy about expressing concern about the integrity and safety of the games if replacements are used.

Former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira is one of those who has raised those concerns. Mike Florio will speak to Pereira at 10:35 a.m. ET on the Dan Patrick Show, a conversation that will have a heavy focus on the current impasse.

It’s an issue that has been in the background with all of the attention given to the start of training camps, but Sunday’s game will bring it to the forefront because it will be impossible not to think about the consequences of low-level officials working during NFL games.

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14 Responses to “No real progress between NFL and officials”
  1. djstat says: Aug 1, 2012 9:11 AM

    This labor issue is ridiculous. The officials want pensions from a part time job that pays six figures. How many part time jobs pay six figures? One day union employees with realize the rest of the world has been pension-less for years and do this whole 401K thing.

  2. mjkelly77 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:26 AM

    President Reagan replaced striking air traffic controllers amid cries of concern and fears of impending disaster. Commissioner Goodell can do likewise with these overcompensated zebras.

    These part-time referees who are full-time attorneys, judges and gynecologists should be paying the NFL for the bragging rights these jobs provide them at their country clubs. It’ll all work out when the referees realize the very good thing they’re jeapordizing for themselves. They’ll cave.

  3. pwndabeer says: Aug 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    the only real reason behind the lockout is the NFL can’t possibly pay ed hochuli’s demands for a new personal gym.

  4. norseyapper says: Aug 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    This is stupid. Bargaining requires some give and take so how about this:

    The league goes more with the union’s salary and retirement demands but only if it all is tied to things like perfromance standards; weight (face it, some of these guys look like their per deum is waaay out of hand); speed and endurance; and an absolute retirement age requirement.

  5. mvp43 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:46 AM

    Don’t these officials already have full time jobs with I’m guessing great benefits?

  6. mgmac says: Aug 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    I spoke to an NFL employee this past weekend. The NFL’s latest offer to the NFLRA was a pay cut of 15%. The NFL is attempting to bust the NFLRA union. Believe me, you will notice the dropoff in the officiating.

  7. steeelfann says: Aug 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    Bottom Line: It is just more Union Types that try to take more and more money off of those who actually take risk and create work and a good business.

    The refs have it too good already and should count their blessings. They did not create this business, they did not hire anyone, they did not negotiate any tv contracts, nothing.

    They should be busted up. If I was the NFL, I would have a nationwide test for anyone to take, and then those that do exceptionally well, would be put into Referee School, a very intense program and then, they would be put into higher levels of competition, finally reaching NFL.

    Unemployment is out of this world, we have few jobs, no retirement, no insurance for many of us, and we have to listen to more spoiled people. I am puking as I write. Cut em loose!!!!!!!!!! They need the NFL, the NFL DOES NOT NEED EM.

  8. djstat says: Aug 1, 2012 11:24 AM

    The NFL is right to offer a 15% pay cut since these clowns often get plays called wrong. Scabs will be fine and probably flag less

  9. larryjames836 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:29 AM

    But the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks about players safety with know professional officials the games are not safe for players. So NFL commissioner Roger Goodell just need to pay these guys the money if he gives a damn about players safety. Anybody can’t be an NFL officials lets keep it real then if Goodell don’t to give the officials what they asking then have a lockout. Remember players safety first the NFL don’t need know more lawsuits its doesn’t matter to the players more money.

  10. j0esixpack says: Aug 1, 2012 11:54 AM

    Officials don’t get enough respect.

    Not only do they officiate games, apparently they all have to have second jobs at Footlocker too.

    Obviously they need to be paid more.

  11. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    The premise that “scab” officials jeopardize player safety is ludicrous. Officials have no impact on safety. Throwing a flag AFTER something unsafe happens does not have an effect on that player’s safety. These guys manage the game time and rules on the field. When a player is hurt the trainers come out whether or not an official calls them over. Players themselves do the same thing. Putting “green” officials on the field may mean that some infractions are missed but it will not affect safety at all. I fail to see any reason the NFLPA would be justified in taking any sort of action.

    The current officials do a decent job but their mistakes are magnified. Full-time officials won’t really change that. I think the review system needs some adjustments and all officials need to be consistent. There is no excuse for identical plays to be called differently after review. Throwing flags to send a message seems to be pushed from the league. That is counterproductive. Throw the flags when there is a conclusive violation regardless of whether or not it is a “hot-button” issue.

  12. vikingamericann says: Aug 1, 2012 1:10 PM

    Lot of jealousy from a bunch of unemployed losers. Pay the refs

  13. bengalsfanbill says: Aug 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    steeelfann says:Aug 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    Bottom Line: It is just more Union Types that try to take more and more money off of those who actually take risk and create work and a good business.

    The refs have it too good already and should count their blessings. They did not create this business, they did not hire anyone, they did not negotiate any tv contracts, nothing.

    They should be busted up. If I was the NFL, I would have a nationwide test for anyone to take, and then those that do exceptionally well, would be put into Referee School, a very intense program and then, they would be put into higher levels of competition, finally reaching NFL.

    Unemployment is out of this world, we have few jobs, no retirement, no insurance for many of us, and we have to listen to more spoiled people. I am puking as I write. Cut em loose!!!!!!!!!! They need the NFL, the NFL DOES NOT NEED EM.
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    Typical STOOLERS FAN!!! Send them to school, WTF, did you think they just leave a bar and get a striped shirt and show up? These guys have been officiating since pee wee football, and have risen from those ranks to where they are today. At their own expense, they have to pay for seasonal training camps, lodging, etc. Do they make errors…YES! As far as saftey is concerned, the officials own the field and throwing a flag is recognition that someone has committed an infraction and hits along those lines are not tolerated. Consistency on both ends of the field is what will decide rookied from the pro’s.

  14. bearsfankarnik87 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    The NBA, NHL and MLB all have full-time officials. Why can’t the NFL, the most profitable and popular sports league in America, afford full-time officials? It’s ridiculous to think that NFL refs need to get their benefits from working other jobs. I was listening to a former NFL ref speak on the radio the other day: from August until January/February, this is their job. It’s not like they go to work at their regular job Monday through Saturday and then go to the ballgame on Sunday. They’re watching tape, keeping in shape, and working with their crews and the NFL all during the week to be better on gameday. They put in 40 hours worth of work a week being an official. We only see the tip of the iceberg.

    As fans we complain about lots of calls but at the same time we have the benefit of bird’s-eye-view camera angles and high def TV’s when we’re watching the game. The refs are right there on the field having the action literally whip past them. It’s not as easy as it looks on TV. Refs from smaller colleges or fresh out of retirement guys are going to miss quite a few calls that may or may not affect the outcome of games. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not comfortable with the knowledge that my Bears might lose a game because a replacement ref blew an obvious call because he didn’t know the rule or how to do his job.

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