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League counters Pereira’s claim of embellished credentials

Craig Ochoa AP

In response to a claim that the league is embellishing the credentials of the replacement officials, the league essentially contends that the charges of embellishment are an embellishment.

Former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira’s claims that the league exaggerated the experience of Hall of Fame game referee Craig Ochoa.  The league denies that claim.

“They’ve tried to say that Craig Ochoa . . . was a BCS official, that he worked in the Big Ten,” Pereira said.  “He didn’t work in the Big Ten.  He’s not been a major college official.  I don’t think the NFL is going to say that he actually got released midway through the last Lingerie Football League season as a referee.  I don’t think the league is going to put that out.  The league wants as little out as possible.  They don’t want people talking about it.  They don’t want me talking about it.”

The league office tells PFT that Ochoa “was not dismissed from his position as a referee in the LFL.”  Also, the league passed along the information regarding the officials that was released before the game.  “We gave that to anyone who inquired on game day,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.  “We will have similar information available on game day for the other preseason games as well.”

In the document from Sunday’s game, the league said that Ochoa has eight years of Division I experience, 16 years of Division III experience, and 12 years in other professional leagues.

“The replacement officials are experienced football officials that we have been training for more than two months,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.  “We are confident they will continue to do a good job.”

Meanwhile, the fans don’t seem to be troubled by the potential drop in quality from the locked-out officials to less experienced replacements.  Until that happens — or until the locked-out officials cry “uncle” — the replacement officials will continue to have employment in a pro league using players who don’t wear lingerie.

At least none that can be seen.

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56 Responses to “League counters Pereira’s claim of embellished credentials”
  1. slippyal2 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    Billionaire owners trying to nickle and dime at any possible shortcut.

  2. cali49er707 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:41 PM

    He said / She said!!

  3. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Aug 7, 2012 8:42 PM

    Lingere Football League experience…..??? Sound like a tick in the plus column to me.

  4. 92and94and51and56 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:46 PM

    “At least none that can be seen…” ZING! Hey-ohhh!

  5. benmci says: Aug 7, 2012 8:47 PM

    “BREAKING NEWS” just in…..The NFL will join its former players in the concussion lawsuit…..Roger and the powers that be have to have head trauma if they think replacement refs will work.

  6. hifive123 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:48 PM

    Count me as a fan who cares. Pay the refs.

  7. mcbleeezy says: Aug 7, 2012 8:49 PM

    You think the Vagiants got away with a lot of crap last year….wait til this season. Gonna get away with murder. Cheating Coughlin aka the red faced lush is licking his chops

  8. professorcolumbus says: Aug 7, 2012 8:50 PM

    Hey, I have been to a couple LFL games. The officiating was superb.

  9. noozehound says: Aug 7, 2012 8:52 PM

    drop in quality? seemed to be an improvement. nflra doesn’t have as much support from the fans as they think. NFL officials have been TERRIBLE the last few years.

  10. gmart4041 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:52 PM

    How ’bout the NFL strikes this deal – offer to meet the demands of the officials if it means that we never have to see Mike Pereira on FOX ever again? I’m sorry, he just really bugs me.

  11. sdisme says: Aug 7, 2012 8:54 PM

    I thought the officiating at the HOF game was about equal to your average Hochuli officiated game with the exception of more clock issues.

    After a month of preseason with these guys (and gal), and the fact that everything is replayed now, I don’t think it would be much worse.

  12. gonowestmo says: Aug 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    Whaddaya expect? Pereira works for Fox.

  13. dynastydriven says: Aug 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    PAY THEM! It’s peanuts for christs sake

  14. shutupbrees says: Aug 7, 2012 8:59 PM

    If this means there won’t be a holding penalty called on 80% of kick returns, then bring on the replacement refs.

  15. devrick says: Aug 7, 2012 9:02 PM

    I’m not overly concerned, but it’s a bit annoying that the two sides aren’t sitting down and trying to hash out a deal.

  16. surferbum01 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:10 PM

    The NFL just looks stupid and cheap trying to nickle and dime a group of VERY under-appreciated but highly needed members of a very, very lucrative industry. Pay the refs, Roger. You know and I know Vilma is going to win his case. Going into the season with a refs fiasco would make your tyrannical leadership just look feeble and impish. Just imagine a bit#*h kick from Vilma then a gut shot from inept and incompetent refs witnessed nation wide. Goodell would look very, very bad.

  17. hockeyfootball98 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:12 PM

    The refs wont win on this one, games will be played with or without them. The league will deal with the bad calls here and there.

  18. mustangseo says: Aug 7, 2012 9:14 PM

    I see both sides of the argument on this lockout.

    Having full time officials will not translate into less officiating mistakes/errors.

    But putting unqualified and unproven refs in as replacements certainly will mean a large number of mistakes/errors.

  19. phillyphan72 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:15 PM

    Who cares Parrea is a jackass

  20. blantoncollier says: Aug 7, 2012 9:17 PM

    “Mr. Ochoa has 12 years experience in other professional leagues…”

    What would those be? AFL? USFL? NFLEurope?

    Hell they didnt think he was good enough to be hired before, why is he good enough now?

    After all he has been training for 2 months for the NFL gig.

    Pay the regular guys!

  21. bucrightoff says: Aug 7, 2012 9:19 PM

    Mike Pereira is truly the prototypical grumpy old man. He has the look, the sound and the demeanor to pull it off exceptionally.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 7, 2012 9:21 PM

    Craig was a little too enthusiastic about wading into the player pileups in the LFL. Nothing more than that.

  23. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 7, 2012 9:22 PM

    The organizers of the LFL decided that Ochoa’s style was too “hands on” for their league.

  24. sixburghrules says: Aug 7, 2012 9:23 PM

    I didn’t see too much of a difference in the Hall of Fame game! Seems to me that the NFL refs are trying to prop themselves up!

  25. sixburghrules says: Aug 7, 2012 9:25 PM

    mcbleeezy says: Aug 7, 2012 8:49 PM

    You think the Vagiants got away with a lot of crap last year….wait til this season. Gonna get away with murder. Cheating Coughlin aka the red faced lush is licking his chops
    _________________________
    Must be a Pats fan!

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 7, 2012 9:27 PM

    Just more pigheaded male chauvanists treating the Lingerie League as second class football. When will they get equal pay for their work?

  27. fmwarner says: Aug 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    The NFL should reflect on how stupid it felt to defend a replacement official’s Lingerie Football League credentials, and then settle.

  28. mjkelly77 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:29 PM

    slippyal2 says:Aug 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    Billionaire owners trying to nickle and dime at any possible shortcut.
    _________________

    An expenditure is an expenditure and they’re all cumulative. I don’t want the owners to raise the price of a beer to $20 and a ticket price to $500. I’m glad that the owners are holding the line.

  29. jazzymegalodon says: Aug 7, 2012 9:37 PM

    Until officials want to be rated week to week by an independent entity i have no pity for them. So tired of officials not being publicly held accountable for their job. I understand the job is very difficult, my father is an official in college but there is no excuse for something that makes BILLIONS to then short side everyone with crap officiating. Replacements or not.

  30. dixonorifice says: Aug 7, 2012 9:42 PM

    How is it that the richest sports league in the United States will have replacement referees? The NFL still does not have full time officials; what is holding them back?

    Pay some younger people a full time salary and make it a year-round profession like it should be, dammit.

  31. bigdaddystyle says: Aug 7, 2012 9:55 PM

    All I know is if Mike Carey isn’t refereeing NFL football this year….the owners are WRONG.

  32. antneejay2 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:00 PM

    I’ve seen replacement officials in action. They absolutely destroy games.

  33. bkostela says: Aug 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    sixburghrules says:
    Aug 7, 2012 9:25 PM
    mcbleeezy says: Aug 7, 2012 8:49 PM

    You think the Vagiants got away with a lot of crap last year….wait til this season. Gonna get away with murder. Cheating Coughlin aka the red faced lush is licking his chops
    _________________________
    Must be a Pats fan!

    ——————————-

    yes, “sixburghrules” sure sounds like a pats fan to me. i do find it funny, however, that a steelers fan is calling out a super bowl team for getting favorable calls.

  34. tnyfg says: Aug 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    NFLRA another “legal” gang shaking down the owners for more cash.
    I say replace the refs with weather men, thier record for getting it right is about the same.
    Why not give them $500 a call for every call they get right.

  35. goredskins11 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:07 PM

    Fans not concerned? Anyone that watched the Cards vs. Saints game the other day should be concerned. There were three HUGE mistakes that were obvious to everyone.
    1. The missed holding call in the end-zone.
    2, The guys butt sitting completely across the goal line while touching a a punted ball not being called a touch-back.
    3. The missed touchdown call when the ball did not only break the plain of the goal line but was completely across it.
    Those were all in the same game. And this doesn’t even count all the little things and the confusion that was displayed by the officials out there. They were scared to call anything because they were afraid of getting it wrong.

    This is one of those “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” situations. Even though I have been furious with some of the officials calls in the past, I have to admit that they do a very hard job with not much reward and I admire them for their hard work. They know the rules and they have the experience to put themselves in the right spot on the field at the right time to see things that we take for granted by seeing replays in slow-motion.

    If this is not resolved, it’s going to be a MUCH bigger issue than most people are thinking it will.

  36. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 7, 2012 10:14 PM

    Every time there is a questionable call & they have pieriera on during a game, I mute the TV & think how embarrassing for the network to have this numbnutz on to only state the obvious, his opinion means nothing to me! Ban him from the boothe!

  37. codysteeler says: Aug 7, 2012 10:27 PM

    The replacement refs are terrible…bottom line
    Its a disgrace to football and it will greatly affect each and every team unless the regular refs get back onto the field
    The NFL (Rodger Goodell) should be dethroned for his selfish and hideous acts that ruin the great game of football

  38. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Aug 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    Not really sure what their demands are, but I’d rather have the experienced ones over someone who worked the lingerie league.

  39. canjura says: Aug 7, 2012 10:30 PM

    How can anyone leave the LFL to go ref the NFL.. I don’t understand it. Unless men are your preference, no disrespect intended. However, the LFL sounds like a dream job to meeeeeeee.

  40. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Aug 7, 2012 10:33 PM

    Hate to say it: Big 10 isn’t a great conference anymore.

    It goes SEC on one hand,
    ACC and PAC 12 in another
    50 feet of crap
    Big 10 then
    150 feet of crap
    and then everyone else

  41. juanhughjazz says: Aug 7, 2012 10:45 PM

    they couldn’t be any worse than what i’ve seen the last couple of years. seriously.

  42. rmc1995 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    The advantage of having part time refs who have lucrative full time jobs, own businesses or are partners in law firms, is that they are reffing for the love of the game, and not to put food on the table. But even as part timers they get paid more than many full time jobs. Give me the guy who is willing to ref Division III football on the weekends to supplement his income than an NFL ref who is beginning to act as if they are bigger than the game.

  43. dc4546 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:21 PM

    slippyal2 says:Aug 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    Billionaire owners trying to nickle and dime at any possible shortcut.
    _________________

    An expenditure is an expenditure and they’re all cumulative. I don’t want the owners to raise the price of a beer to $20 and a ticket price to $500. I’m glad that the owners are holding the line.

    ————————————
    I really hope this is an owner shill making this comment, because if not it’s the biggest sheeple statement I’ve seen in a while. These morons don’t see that the referees are doctors, lawyers, and successful business men getting screwed by wealthier businessmen. If you take sides with the owners on this then you are truly a lost cause.

  44. dominicthedonkey says: Aug 7, 2012 11:25 PM

    McBleezy wrote:

    You think the Vagiants got away with a lot of crap last year….wait til this season. Gonna get away with murder. Cheating Coughlin aka the red faced lush is licking his chops.
    -—————————————————–
    Really? What facts do you have to support your claim? You sound like a tortured Eagle fan. Just keep saying to yourself ” There’s always next year!”, at the end of each season. 4 Super Bowls to none. Jealousy gets you nowhere.

  45. vdogg says: Aug 7, 2012 11:25 PM

    Anyone remember a time when you didn’t know the refs names? Maybe one here or there but c’mon….they don’t need to be celebrities….

  46. tweeter75 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    Pereira is just another overblown egomaniac blowhard on FOX’s three hours of commercials interrupted by brief moments of football.

  47. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    In other news, Pereira shook a stick at some kids and told them to get off his lawn.

  48. eagles512 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:05 AM

    Pereira is a buffoon

  49. ballsbetweentheuprights says: Aug 8, 2012 12:47 AM

    Dear Mr. Kraft,
    Well to start off, dad has had season tickets since the early 70’s and use to take my brothers and I to the games. He worked two jobs just so we could enjoy those times together. But dad got sick several years ago and we asked about passing the tickets down but you stated that that is against your policy and we would have to give them up if he didn’t keep them. Well you see dad passed 2 years ago and we have hid it just to keep the tickets. Every year it breaks moms heart when they show up in the mail in his name, but that is the cost for her son to share those special moments with her grandson.
    For the last 2 years i have worked 2 jobs like dad to pay for them and last year without even knowing if there would be a season, you still got our check well before the lockout was resolved.
    Since the lockout, all the trouble that gods hell has been causing and this trouble with the refs, i am starting to realize that i am paying (alot of money to me) a very rich man for a product that he seems to believe does not have to be top rate.
    Well heres the thing, moms sick and will be unable to return home, so it is with great pleasure that i get to say, after this season you can stick these tickets up someone elses hind you cheap SOB

  50. mjkelly77 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:51 AM

    dc4546 says:Aug 7, 2012 11:21 PM

    I really hope this is an owner shill making this comment, because if not it’s the biggest sheeple statement I’ve seen in a while. These morons don’t see that the referees are doctors, lawyers, and successful business men getting screwed by wealthier businessmen. If you take sides with the owners on this then you are truly a lost cause.
    ___________________

    I really hope that you are a shill for the millionaire referees because you certainly don’t understand cost containment. The only way the referees are getting screwed is because now they can’t go back to the country club and regale their fellow members with tales from the NFL.

  51. zinn22 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:08 AM

    Does anyone believe anything the NFL said anymore? They have been caught in so many lies and self serving statements the last few years its hard to take anything they seriously. Everything they say is marketing and it has the credibility of most marketing statements.

    Not to say that Pereira is not biased either as he certainly favors the refs. But at least he comes off across as a straight shooter even if he sometimes lacks tact.

  52. xelrik says: Aug 8, 2012 4:12 AM

    I wanna say yes I watched the HOF game and yes there were blown calls. I also wanna say I have watched the NFL for years and blown calls are part of the game. Pereira can sit on his high horse all he wants but there is no evidence that the regular officials wouldn’t have blown those calls either.

  53. eagleaniac says: Aug 8, 2012 7:09 AM

    If the NFL isn’t going to hire FULL TIME officials then who cares, the replacement officials can hardly makes many more misstakes than the other ones

  54. irishdawg42 says: Aug 8, 2012 9:24 AM

    I am taken aback by all of the comments of the referees getting underpaid on this.

    They make between $25K-$75K for a part time job.

    How many of you out there working full time make $75K per year? These guys spend their Sundays ON THE FIELD of a NFL game and get paid handsomely to do it. Now these “hobbyists” are union workers and feel they need to be compensated.

    IMHO, as a part time employee, I am confident replacement officials(with experience mind you) will be caught up to the standards before the 4th pre-season game kicks off. After all, they have also been officiating in all 32 training camp practices to get their bearing on the rules differences of the NFL.

    As long as they can pass a strenuous physical to be sure they can keep up with the pro athletes, they should by all accounts be fine to officiate the game.

  55. llewisraney says: Aug 8, 2012 10:06 AM

    You gotta be crazy to think the Referees WANT their names publicized. The Networks started that ill conceived practice.
    Neither The Coaches, The Players nor The Network Announcers know The Rule Book the way The Officials know it. They study it ALL year long and twice on Sunday. Their knowledge is constantly tested; their individual Game Day performance is graded and scrutinized on a second by second basis. They put their lives at risk every weekend, six months out of the year, getting on the field with Players who are paid MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS. The majority of said Players would just as soon WIPE OUT an Offical as blow their nose.
    I am not an Official shill. I just happen to know some of these guys. They are obsessed with their NFL Jobs, doing it right, doing it better.
    This Lockout is not just about a raise in pay; it’s about benefits, retirement and CONTROL. Who do You think is the control freak in this ?

  56. irishdawg42 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:10 PM

    What other part time job gives you benefits and retirement? Ask them to give up their actual career and I think the union would shrink pretty fast and be replaced by many of the officials that are replacing them now.

    I would love to see the full year schedule of a NFL referee. Prove to me they are full time employees, then I would agree with you that they need to not only be paid like one, but also stated as such.

    Full time is full time, if that is what they want, then so be it…battle it out and give up your day job to prove it.

    Fact of the matter is, the NFL is the only league that only plays 20 games a year, thus giving these professionals one of the greatest hobbies known to man. They are compensated according to keeping in shape and memorizing/interpreting a 244 page book. (of which there are 117pgs of rules and 110 pages of Case Rulings, these are the relevant pages to officials).

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