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NFL wants refs to know: We can start the season without you

Bill Leavy AP

The NFL is putting out word to its locked-out officials that the league is ready, willing and able to start the regular season with replacement refs.

League executives told Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN today that the league office foresees starting the regular season with replacements, and although we don’t know who those unnamed league executives are, the fact that they’re putting it out there is a strong signal that they want the NFL Referees Association to know that they’re serious about playing hardball. The league wants the officials to think that if they don’t give in, they’re going to be watching the start of the season from their couches, while the replacement officials are working the games and collecting the paychecks.

According to the report, the NFL and the officials disagree about how much the officials should get paid, but they disagree about more than that: They also disagree about the NFL’s desire to add three more crews of officials, so that there’s a bigger pool to draw from — and therefore more officials ready to go if the officials who are consistently missing calls get fired.

The NFL also wants at least some of its officials to become full-timers. Working as an official in the NFL is currently a part-time job, and the vast majority of officials have another source of income. Those officials don’t want to lose that other source of income, but the league wants at least some of them to do nothing but work on officiating.

So far, replacement officials have worked 16 preseason games. If there’s not movement in the contract stalemate soon, replacement officials will work at least 16 regular-season games, too.

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  1. purplegreenandgold says: Aug 13, 2012 6:47 PM

    NFL wants refs to know: We can start the season without you
    ======================================
    and the refs wants the NFL to know: can you finish the season without us

  2. skoobyfl says: Aug 13, 2012 6:48 PM

    Nothing good happens without Ed Hochuli’s say so.

  3. panamon says: Aug 13, 2012 6:48 PM

    Refs seem to want to have their cake and eat it too, don’t know what leverage they think they have.

  4. bikeman99 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:49 PM

    Yes we can, the replacements will adjust, it isn’t rocket science

  5. papacrick says: Aug 13, 2012 6:51 PM

    Can’t be worse than any of the officiating I saw watching Lions games last year

  6. nygmenruleny says: Aug 13, 2012 6:52 PM

    You know, I really hope that the regular refs are back in time for the rest of the season. But if they don’t, the longer they stay out, the better the replacment refs get. There comes a point where you have got to cut your losses. If the NFL really is going to play hardball with these guys, they are getting very close to being an after thought.

  7. tpa43 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:52 PM

    Just waiting for replacements to screw-up player safety and the league gets sued way more then just paying people what they are worth.

  8. unchainedangel says: Aug 13, 2012 6:54 PM

    Officials don’t generate income.

    End of story

    Get back to part time work!

  9. raqaiw says: Aug 13, 2012 6:54 PM

    This is why the refs have no leverage whatsoever. The NFL is trying to hire MORE refs,and employ some full-time,and the refs are against it. In an economy where people are both unemployed and underemployed these jokers are fighting against other people getting jobs. Couple that with fan sentiment that is lukewarm towards the refs at best,and it’s obvious that the refs will lose this battle.

  10. cali49er707 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:56 PM

    Everyone can be replaced in the work world no matter who you are!! Something that my first boss told me after high school & has stuck with me ever since. Im not saying the league is right or the refs are right I am just saying ” It is what it is”!! Take it or leave it because, their is 10 other people that would take their jobs with smiles on their faces!!

  11. mancave001 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:58 PM

    As long as no one calls the Eagles for “inducing a false start” while on defense (no neutral zone infraction or touching the linemen), I’d be happy with Krusty the Clown calling the games.

  12. scytherius says: Aug 13, 2012 6:58 PM

    NFL games are usually CLOSE. And they depend on well called games. Few mistakes here, few injured players there, and while it won’t change the tune of those few nitwits here who think the refs should work for minimum wage and that “anyone can be a ref it isn’t rocket science”, it will ruin the games and, potentially, end some NFL careers.

    I guess Jerry Jones is really feeling that financial pinch.

  13. drgreenstreak says: Aug 13, 2012 6:58 PM

    This past week’s games very much prove the point.

    NFL officials are tired of of lip service and insult.

    Have fun with three stooges officiating. The season will be reflected by an asterisk denoting altered rules, brother-in-law’s opinion and Vegas spreads.

  14. Mr. C says: Aug 13, 2012 6:58 PM

    As a fan I don’t really care about which refs manage the game. Just get it right.

  15. jf1339 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    Everyone is replaceable!

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    How much more money is being offered to be a full time ref? Isn’t Hochuli a lawyer? He probably is asking for a big check.

  17. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    Refs were terrible last year (numerous horrible roughing the passer calls, poor jobs at replay, not calling Darrelle Revis for holding etc) so really, how much worse can these replacement officials be?

  18. hulkhogansays says: Aug 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    I want Roger Goodell to know : He’s the worst commissioner of alltime.

  19. drunkenagitator says: Aug 13, 2012 7:03 PM

    Pay them, the NFL brings in more than enough loot for everyone involved. Expect the games to be (even more) farcical without real refs. Unless you enjoy (more) 15 minute breaks in the action while some guy stuff his head under a hood to determine the “spot of the ball” or something equally stupid.

  20. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 13, 2012 7:05 PM

    The Nfl wants more refs so if the regular one don’t do a good job they will have some ready to replace them. The Refs don’t want this because they don’t want to be held accountable. Sounds about right for union workers.

  21. swagjag says: Aug 13, 2012 7:06 PM

    Replacement refs are only tolerable in the preseason. Once they blow a simple call that influences the outcome of a game that actually matters, fans will lose it.

  22. hedleykow says: Aug 13, 2012 7:07 PM

    If I were a part-time NFL ref, my full-time job would be betting on NFL games.

  23. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:08 PM

    these refs dont know what a good thing is until they lose it. being an nfl ref is a great gig. your making over 100k a year. you get to be at games and see all the nfl players. sounds like a dream job to me. damn refs shouldn’t be complaining.

  24. broncosfan1 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:09 PM

    raqaiw says:
    Aug 13, 2012 6:54 PM
    This is why the refs have no leverage whatsoever. The NFL is trying to hire MORE refs,and employ some full-time,and the refs are against it. In an economy where people are both unemployed and underemployed these jokers are fighting against other people getting jobs. Couple that with fan sentiment that is lukewarm towards the refs at best,and it’s obvious that the refs will lose this battle.
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    I have agree with you. I also believe the refs will lose this battle. It’s sad to think that these “people” think they’re all that and to be honest their not. I mean their out their to make sure that the rules of the game are followed. Yeah that’s an important job, but why would you refuse to hire more people? This economy needs more jobs and from my understanding, the NFL is trying to create them, but are being refused. How screwed in the head do you have to be to refuse hiring people in this economy?

  25. 2mannings1cup says: Aug 13, 2012 7:11 PM

    Just think how many extra arm-curls Ed Hochuli has been able to do with the extended time off.

  26. eagleswin says: Aug 13, 2012 7:18 PM

    tpa43 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 6:52 PM
    Just waiting for replacements to screw-up player safety and the league gets sued way more then just paying people what they are worth.

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    How do you anticipate that happening because i’m really curious as to how the refs would possibly screw up player safety?

  27. covercorner says: Aug 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    The NFL is GREEDY.

  28. eagleswin says: Aug 13, 2012 7:23 PM

    They also disagree about the NFL’s desire to add three more crews of officials, so that there’s a bigger pool to draw from — and therefore more officials ready to go if the officials who are consistently missing calls get fired.

    —————————————-

    There might actually be some accountability among the refs if this happens because there are refs who consistently miss calls.

    I hope this happens, whether it’s with the replacement refs or the oldtimers, it doesn’t matter to me. I want to see accountability, not the same refs making mistakes with no consequences during the season.

  29. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Aug 13, 2012 7:25 PM

    Here’s what’s taking so long:

    Hochuli is writing the new memorandum of understand ment. The problem is he’s only on chapter 438 and page 19,472. His goal is to make it the modern day version of war and peace.

  30. eagleswin says: Aug 13, 2012 7:27 PM

    swagjag says:
    Aug 13, 2012 7:06 PM
    Replacement refs are only tolerable in the preseason. Once they blow a simple call that influences the outcome of a game that actually matters, fans will lose it.

    ———————————-

    This would be because the regular refs don’t blow simple calls that influence games that actually matter?

  31. stanklepoot says: Aug 13, 2012 7:28 PM

    panamon says: Aug 13, 2012 6:48 PM

    Refs seem to want to have their cake and eat it too, don’t know what leverage they think they have.
    _______________________________
    No, they just want to keep their benefits what they are. Remember when a bunch of Republicans were saying Social Security money should be replaced with money in the stock market…right up until the market crashed? Well, that’s what the NFL wants to do to the refs now.

  32. stanklepoot says: Aug 13, 2012 7:30 PM

    tpa43 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 6:52 PM
    Just waiting for replacements to screw-up player safety and the league gets sued way more then just paying people what they are worth.

    —————————————-

    How do you anticipate that happening because i’m really curious as to how the refs would possibly screw up player safety?
    _____________________________
    Well, the league instituted a new rule that would force a player to sit out a play if his helmet popped off during the play. It was a move made with player safety in mind. In the Phi-Pit game, however, an Eagles RB had that happen without the “refs” saying a single word about it. Even the analysts in the booth knew more about the rules than these scab refs.

  33. upperdecker19 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    It blows my mind that the NFL hasn’t, or won’t, hire, train and employ referees exclusively year round as a full time profession. It should be a career for the guys deemed to be the best of the best. Not a part time hobby for part time practicing lawyers and insurance salesman.

  34. stanklepoot says: Aug 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    Refs were terrible last year (numerous horrible roughing the passer calls, poor jobs at replay, not calling Darrelle Revis for holding etc) so really, how much worse can these replacement officials be?
    _________________________________

    1. You might not like all the roughing the passer calls, but the refs were doing what the competition committee said they had to do.

    2. Believe it or not, the on field refs and the replay officials are separate groups with their own CBAs. So, while there may be replacement refs, the replay officials are the same people. So, the only change is that the replay officials will be busier.

    3. Why will the replay officials be busier? Apparently you haven’t been watching the preseason games if you think these replacement refs can’t do any worse than the normal refs. They are either missing or mis-calling very clear plays. When you signal a touchback on a punt downed on the 4 yd line after you toss the bean bag at the 4 yard line (and neither the ball nor anyone who touched it has come anywhere near the endzone) there’s an issue.

  35. kjs7way says: Aug 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    Just robots anyway!! Thanks instant replay, life will go on!! Good luck Vegas!!!

  36. jkast808 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    (2mannings1cup says:Aug 13, 2012 7:11 PM

    J ust think how many extra arm-curls Ed Hochuli has been able to do with the extended) time off.

    Lol,yeah he’s gonna come back {{{JACKED}}}

  37. japmen says: Aug 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    Im all in with the NFL on this issue. As said earlier, the NFL wants more refs, more accountablity and some of the refs to be full time since they get paid really well for part time work. Sounds like a fair bargain.

    Whats’s the refs stance? We dont want to share the pie, we dont like accountability, and to hell with making a job that pays better than most full time jobs…actually full time. Keep the replacements til they fold!

  38. natelan69 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    The NFL needs to get the regular officials out there ASAP.

    These rookie refs are just plain awful and make the most ridiculous mistakes.

    Even the easiest calls look labored and mis-managed.

    And the sheer number of non-calls is abhorrent.

    The NFL somehow managed to make me sympathetic for the regular officials.

    100% behind the regular officials. They are OBVIOUSLY worth the money the are asking for.

  39. phillyphil005 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    The regular refs can shove it.

    The way they have performed thei job over the years…coupled with their hypocritical evaluations of the replacements, and how they are against adding more to the crew and some going full time, I really couldn’t care less if they come back at all.

    I hope the league stands firm so these guys get the wake up call they deserve…you guys aren’t bigger than the game.

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    Honestly, the regular officials have been terrible for years, for the most part.
    They learned their job, the new ones can as well.
    I don’t see a huge problem. It’s not like blown calls that change a game or a season have been rare lately…

  41. drunkenagitator says: Aug 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    What is with the attitude that everyone should just shut up and be happy to get whatever they’re offered? What is so bad about wanting to grab a bigger piece of the pie? Why is the “working man” so demonized these days? An NFL referee has a tough, physically demanding job that requires quick wits, self-assuredness and a very high degree of personal integrity. Why shouldn’t someone with those qualifications strive for everything he can get?

  42. snoilog says: Aug 13, 2012 8:04 PM

    hulkhogansays says:
    Aug 13, 2012 7:02 PM
    I want Roger Goodell to know : He’s the worst commissioner of alltime

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    So True, I can’t believe how bad the league has become in his few years at the helm

    THE WORST IS RIGHT

  43. cags777 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:04 PM

    It’s nice to see the NFL has its priorities on protecting the integrity of the game. I remember Week 1 of the 2001 season. It wasn’t pretty and it won’t be any better now.

  44. darknessspreads says: Aug 13, 2012 8:06 PM

    Take the issue of the raises out, and I don’t blame the refs for not wanting the NFL to play lotto with their pensions.

    That’s not to mention that the referees seem confused about the concept of penalties and when to call them.

  45. sportmentary says: Aug 13, 2012 8:16 PM

    And the NFLRA is saying go ahead and make complete asses of yourselves. They’re saying to the NFL, have you seen the cr*p officiating so far? Do you want that type of incompetence during the regular season?

    The NFL should wake up and realize that the bums they have replacing the regular officials are incompetent and will not improve. They’re a disaster.

  46. fmwarner says: Aug 13, 2012 8:16 PM

    As much as we all like to make fun of the officials and say they’ve cost our teams games, they have a hard job that requires training, and the dog-and-pony show we saw this week isn’t cutting it.

    I wonder if the players have recourse to threaten to refuse to play the regular season with replacement refs as a safety issue.

  47. jaycutlersbarber says: Aug 13, 2012 8:18 PM

    Can someone please tell me why many of my posts are not showing up? It is not because of distasteful remarks I am making. It’s gotta be some kind of technical glitch or mistake I am making when I try to make a post. Little help??

  48. vikingamericann says: Aug 13, 2012 8:20 PM

    The real problem with the scabs refs will be the length and flow of the game. If the length and flow of the game is disrupted by long ref debates about minor penalties the NFLRA. will have found its leverage. Sure the scabs will blow more call, due to their sucking, but all refs suck, it’s just a matter of level. As far as injuries I think QBs will be safer with the scabs due to the missed holding calls, and push off the offense will get away with.

  49. bc01red says: Aug 13, 2012 8:23 PM

    I dont care if they do it full-time or part-time. Any-time profressional referee are better than these clowns. NFL as fans we beg you, work something out please!!

  50. bamboozle99 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:24 PM

    They’ve forgot to add: “But we don’t really want to.”

  51. bamboozle99 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:26 PM

    And I wonder if the NFL front office is planning on any fines for any of these recent media leaks.

  52. bigbadal21 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    I don’t think the NFL wants to settle the labor dispute. I think they feel they will be better off with new refs who will “see” the game the way the NFL wants it to be.
    If you can replace the Air Traffic Control workers with scabs you can replace NFL referees. The bottom line is that the NFL will do whatever they please and the fans will adjust to it. They may moan and groan but they will still support the NFL. That’s a fact so you might as well learn to live with it.

  53. southridge23 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:39 PM

    the nfl is walking down a really dangerous alley here. Too many things can go wrong that would shift the power completely over to the refs.

    1. The ref’s (locked out ones) earn income from other sources so they’re not as desperate as some of players last year.

    2. EVERY bad call made by the replacements will be under scrutiny. God forbid a ref blows a game on a non-reviewable call (ie. Ed Hochuli Chargers/Broncos game)

    3. Locked-out ref’s would be wise to dig deep on the background of these replacements and bring to light any sort of shadiness that would question the integrity of the game.

    4. Both players and coaches, whether vocal or not, back the locked-out ref’s and can add more fire bad PR against the NFL.

    Bottom line NFL = consequences > rewards

  54. andrewfbrowne says: Aug 13, 2012 8:42 PM

    Refs make about 70K to work no more than 40 days a year. I steadfastly refuse to have anything like sympathy for them.

    The other refs will get better. NFL crowed about revenue for a couple of years and now everyone has their hands out.

    Players: Want more money
    Refs: Want more money
    Cities: Want no taxpayer money to stadiums and bigger slice of pie in taxes on ticket sales.

    People always talk about owners greed, but it looks to me like they are not the only ones who are greedy.

  55. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Aug 13, 2012 9:12 PM

    2. EVERY bad call made by the replacements will be under scrutiny. God forbid a ref blows a game on a non-reviewable call (ie. Ed Hochuli Chargers/Broncos game)
    ——————————————

    The real NFL refs already blow calls every game and effect the outcomes, as you indicate with your Hochuli example. Why should the replacement refs be held to a higher standard?

  56. theboysofdallas says: Aug 13, 2012 9:15 PM

    They wouldn’t dare

  57. electionconfidential says: Aug 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    Is the NFL wanting to make you puke yet?

  58. nytroutdog says: Aug 13, 2012 9:41 PM

    I want my money back for my season tickets. The replacement officials will make the game even worse than last year. A many billion dollar organization, in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, that banks on blue-collar folks to fill seats, needs to get real.

  59. realitypolice says: Aug 13, 2012 9:44 PM

    I think it’s funny how the players want to act like they are “union workers” when it suits them, yet they have no idea what it means to be a union worker.

    A true union worker would not walk onto a job site and work side by side with scabs.

    It just goes to show you that the players hide behind the facade of unionism only when is benefits them.

    I said all along that the NFLPA is not a union, it’s an association of independent contractors, and this situation makes my point for me.

  60. covercorner says: Aug 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    The NFL plays games in billion dollar stadiums while paying its players billions of dollars. However, it feels the need to be cheap with the referees who run the games and are a major factor in wins and losses.

  61. FinFan68 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:02 PM

    With the NFLRA and everyone else screaming that the integrity of the game is at stake with all the incorrect calls, it’s going to be pretty hard to back-track on that stance once the league puts it on the table during the inevitable negotiations.

  62. edhochulisbiceps says: Aug 13, 2012 10:03 PM

    Ed will cave and full nelson all the other officials into following his lead because the only thing Ed likes more than flexing in the mirror is watching himself flex and talk on TV.

    Sometimes I forget there’s an actual game going on, what with all the reviews and conferences and long winded explanations of penalties… when did the refs become such a huge part of the game?

    Let the players play and call the obvious stuff.

  63. zeke2517 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:09 PM

    This, students, is called union busting. They chipped away at the players last year, they’re chipping away at the officials this year, and you know what? NFL franchises are going to make an absolutely unbelievable amount of money. Like they do every year.

  64. foosball11 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:31 PM

    zeke2517 says:Aug 13, 2012 10:09 PM

    This, students, is called union busting. They chipped away at the players last year, they’re chipping away at the officials this year, and you know what? NFL franchises are going to make an absolutely unbelievable amount of money. Like they do every year.
    ——————————————————–
    Those are all good things.

  65. norseman55 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:39 PM

    Most people don’t realize that as far as the money goes – this comes down to a $400 per game increase per ref. Why the NFL won’t agree to this is ridiculous.

  66. stanklepoot says: Aug 13, 2012 10:41 PM

    bigbadal21 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    I don’t think the NFL wants to settle the labor dispute. I think they feel they will be better off with new refs who will “see” the game the way the NFL wants it to be.
    If you can replace the Air Traffic Control workers with scabs you can replace NFL referees. The bottom line is that the NFL will do whatever they please and the fans will adjust to it. They may moan and groan but they will still support the NFL. That’s a fact so you might as well learn to live with it.
    _________________________________
    You realize that there was a noticeable increase in airplane “accidents” and deaths as a result of the Air Traffic Controllers being replaced, right? The effectiveness of the entire air traffic control system was worse in comparison to pre-replacement controllers for years after that happened.

  67. foolishconsistency13 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    stanklepoot,

    Do you enjpy making up your own “facts”?
    The airline stuff you spouted about the replacement ATC was a pure, bald-faced lie.

  68. gaadr says: Aug 13, 2012 11:51 PM

    What I can’t figure is why NFL officials are unionized to begin with.

  69. dscol715 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:54 PM

    I see this as a sign of weakness by the NFL. They saw how bad those underwear league officials were and know that if they go into the regular season with these guys there will be serious problems. Anybody see the Skins game when a punt was downed at the 5 year line and they called it a touchback? Or the Giants game where the kick returner was called for a holding penalty when the only thing he was holding was the football? These guys are horrible and the only thing saving the NFL right now is that no one is watching these games yet.
    Combine that with the fact that the refs for the most part have well paying jobs outside of football and the NFL better hurry up and make the deal.

  70. commonsensedude says: Aug 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    If “everyone is replaceable” – a sentiment that I generally agree with – than that also means that Roger Goodell, the Commissioner, is also replaceable.

    If the end result of having a season officiated by the replacements ends up being that the quality of the game is lowered, that a disproportionate number of games are affected by poor calls or that player safety is compromised, Goodell should be held accountable for it and he himself should be replaced.

  71. vikingamericann says: Aug 14, 2012 1:35 AM

    foolishconsistency13 | Aug 13, 2012, 10:14 PM CDT
    stanklepoot,

    Do you enjpy making up your own “facts”?
    The airline stuff you spouted about the replacement ATC was a pure, bald-faced lie.

    He’s right there was an increase in air crashes in 1982 and 1983. A quick search of us plane reveals that. The causes are at issue you can find that info yourself.

  72. zillabeast says: Aug 14, 2012 2:23 AM

    Everybody keeps saying “Everyone is replaceable!” Are the players replaceable? No? Didn’t think so. Didn’t work out so swell last time out.

  73. whiteshoesjohnson says: Aug 14, 2012 2:45 AM

    Ed Hochuli and Ray Guy could meet in a seedy
    bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn and settle this in 5 minutes. 8 minutes with a pee break

  74. eagleswin says: Aug 14, 2012 6:36 AM

    covercorner says:
    Aug 13, 2012 9:53 PM
    The NFL plays games in billion dollar stadiums while paying its players billions of dollars. However, it feels the need to be cheap with the referees who run the games and are a major factor in wins and losses.

    —————————————-

    It would be better if the refs weren’t major factors as they only become major factors when they make mistakes.

    The problem isn’t just money though, you knew that right? The NFL wants to hire more referees and make some of them full time. This would allow for better training and allow them to hold bad refs accountable.

    The replacement refs do not bother me at this time. The preseason is the time to make mistakes and improve. Rookies usually improve. Vets not so much. We know the veteren refs screw up plenty of games. Maybe the rookies, once they become veterens, will be better than the current veterans. Experience is only gained on the job.

    If the veterens want to maintain their jobs, not through being the best, but by making sure noone else can join their exclusive club and making it difficult to hold them accountable for their mistakes, are they really the best? or are they just killing time till retirement and their pensions kick in?

  75. phillyphil005 says: Aug 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    These replacements will only get better with more time on the field.

    Soon, the regulars will be a distant memory…they’d be wise to give in to the NFL, who holds all the cards.

  76. erikinhell says: Aug 14, 2012 8:06 AM

    I’ve been complaining about the refs ever since I saw a play overturned after a replay (Browns/jags bottlegate) and a player struck in the eye with a flag. There have been utter debacles in games for years (coin flip, steelers/colts playoff, giants/49ers playoff), and the old refs are not consistant across the league. The league tends to assign certain ref crews to better off teams, while the ‘slacker’ crews get assigned to loser teams, and it’s obvious that there’s a difference between ways games are called. The league needs to fix it’s ref problem so games are called consistantly across the league.

    Yes, the replacement refs do suck, but so did the old refs. Hopefully the replacements will suck consistantly across the league, and will hopefully improve to call a good game across the league.

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