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NFL doesn’t expect referee lockout to end soon

Craig Ochoa AP

If you’re hoping to see Ed Hochuli, Mike Carey and the rest of the regular referees on the field when the regular season starts, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations has some bad news for you.

Ray Anderson, the executive whose responsibilities include overseeing the league’s officials, told Bob Glauber of Newsday that the use of replacement officials is likely to extend beyond the preseason.

“I would anticipate that it would go into the regular season, unless the parties get back to the table in a hurry,” Anderson said. “And frankly, I don’t see either of us stepping forward and making that move. We feel we have been aggressively fair in our offer on the economic and non-economic issues, and they don’t. Until that bridge is narrowed or shortened some, and I don’t know when that time might come, I’m focused on getting the current officials ready for Week 3 and Week 4.”

The league thinks — or at least wants the officials to think — that replacements can be used for a long time if the regular officials aren’t willing to agree to the league’s demands.

“Are we prepared to stay the course if there is no desire on their part to narrowing the gap?” Anderson said. “The answer to that question is yes.”

Which means the replacement officials — whom the league has acknowledged aren’t as good as the regular officials — may continue calling the games when the games actually count.

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22 Responses to “NFL doesn’t expect referee lockout to end soon”
  1. stonecoldsays says: Aug 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    Mike Carey is the best referee.

  2. raqaiw says: Aug 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    Nobody cares about the refs OR replacement refs except the refs. Nobody cares about player safety except the players(and maybe their families). All the fans care about is the game. Put on a good show,that doesn’t cost too much,take too much time,or appear to be rigged. Really,is a cost effective,timely,fairly played game too much to ask? Apparently it is!

  3. panamon says: Aug 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    The league has the leverage and ability to use this process as designed and the refs simply must accept that.

    It’s not as simple a situation as “the NFL needs to pay whatever it takes”, the two need to come to an agreement and the refs are as engaged in a standoff as the NFL but with less leverage.

  4. wayne1693 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:12 PM

    Imagine how boring [and productive] human negotiations would be if we could magically remove ego, self-righteousness, pettiness, selfishness, stupidity and greed…and forced the Parties to focus on the greater good; in this instance…the greater good of the Game.

  5. alldaveallday says: Aug 21, 2012 12:13 PM

    @panamon
    I think the refs are waiting to see if something goes seriously wrong in week 1 of the regular season (e.g. blow to the head that causes a concussion but goes uncalled). If that happens, it will be almost impossible for the owners to hold their ground against the media outrage.

  6. broncosaddict says: Aug 21, 2012 12:15 PM

    stonecoldsays says:
    Aug 21, 2012 12:02 PM
    Mike Carey is the best referee.

    100% completely agree.

  7. wtfpft says: Aug 21, 2012 12:28 PM

    What a disaster this is, i thought the dumbest thing the NFL ever thought up was the 18 game schedule and a team in London but this is by far the biggest disappoinment. People may think the refs don’t make the game but they sure as hell make a huge impact in the outcomes. You can’t put scrubs in to do this job especially after all the emphasis they had had on refs making sure the safety of the game is enforced, these scrubs will be awful and that’ all we’l hear about after each game, every teams fans will blame it on call by the replacements, and some will be rightfully so.

  8. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:33 PM

    Tim Donaghy might be a better ref than Hochuli or Triplette.

  9. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:35 PM

    @wtfpft

    ” these scrubs will be awful and that’ all we’l hear about after each game”

    The old refs were awful and people bit$&?& about them after each game. Nothing is different.

  10. sj39 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:36 PM

    I hope the “regulars” never come back. Most of them are biased for or against teams and maybe now we wont see that for a while.

  11. randygnyc says: Aug 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    Bust ALL unions, now!!!!!!

  12. Ghost Rat says: Aug 21, 2012 12:43 PM

    Very bad posture by the league. They jeopardizing the safety of players and the outcome of games on sub-par officials in order to save $6,000 per official per game.

    Disgusting.

  13. gogiantsfan says: Aug 21, 2012 12:46 PM

    Let’s face it. What happens if the NFL isn’t the one to step up & say get this done now? Are people going to stop watching the games? Are people going to stop buying the merchandise? Are people going to stop playing fantasy football?

    Ummmmm, no.

    The only thing that could happen to make the league look bad will be IF a bad call changes a game winner, & that eventually changes the post-season.

    What is the time frame on all of that? The next 20 weeks of football.

    If the refs are prepared to wait that out, then high praise to them for staying on their soap box. If not, then they can count how much money they’re losing right now each & every week, while the replacements become better and better and better.

  14. willyshock says: Aug 21, 2012 12:48 PM

    Hey NFL, Get it done. The Replacements are doing their best but it’s not good enough. There are already enough questions about the integrity of the game without this nonsense. The quality of the officiating is as much a part of the game as anything else.

  15. trulyurkidding says: Aug 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    That is what I would say at this point in the game if I was bluffing – he can’t be serious to believe that his boss (the owners) are going to stand for this circus in the regular season.

    Every game in the NFL is HUGE, who in their right mind thinks that Jerry Jones or the Mara family are going to love to be 0-1 based on some officiating gaffe due to Ray Anderson and his bandmates incorrectly missing a call or penalty enforcement.

    Labor Day weekend this all gets resolved, remember know one cares about pre-season football games!

  16. purpleman527 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:52 PM

    wayne1693 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:12 PM

    Imagine how boring [and productive] human negotiations would be if we could magically remove ego, self-righteousness, pettiness, selfishness, stupidity and greed…and forced the Parties to focus on the greater good; in this instance…the greater good of the Game.
    ——————————————–

    It’s a nice pie in the sky attitude wayne1693, but it’s not reality. What if your employer told you they would cut your salary, and then had the gall to ask you to: “drop your ego and work for the good of the business”? or if you told your employer, ” drop your ego and give me a 20% raise for the good of my family”? It’s simply is not as simple as that.

    Can anybody elaborate on what the main differences are? Florio?

  17. wtfpft says: Aug 21, 2012 1:26 PM

    “The old refs were awful and people bit$&?& about them after each game. Nothing is different.”

    Exaclty but imagine how many more mistakes are going to be made by replacement refs who are nowhere near as good as the originals.

  18. silvernblak says: Aug 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    I frankly dont see much of a difference accept a few obvious calls missed but yet corrected by coaches and players acting as teachers on NFL rules for these replacement officials. Atleast it appears as though they are allowing the players to play instead on not picking every damn thing. Now flagrant fouls have not gone unnoticed by the replacements for player safety and that’s what we all want.
    The other thing I like about the replacement officials is there is not a flag thrown on every damn play! Like our regular hold outs. Who seemed to be getting more air time with their explanations on flags then there was football being played. A hand testing on the back of a receiver while in full defense mode to defend is now passing interference? Flagrant passing interference we all understand and should be called. But our regular officials have become so financial about every single touch, hit, tackle etc that a contact sport has become flag football to these guys. I hate them all!
    I welcome the in with the new old with the old! No biased refs, they let football be what it should be, a contact sport while doing their best in protecting players from flagrant hits.
    The new officials will get better and catch on as they learn the new officiating ways of the NFL. Everybody starts somewhere and so do these replacements. Our hold outs didn’t come from nowhere as instant NFL refs.
    I say keep em in cuz all officials make mistakes and we have seem even what should be the best screw up games! Thank goodness for instant replay!!!!! Let’s just go play some football and tell Hochuli and his high horse posse to get the f out of dodge!!!!!!!

  19. letmesetyoustraight says: Aug 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    So much for the “player safety” and “integrity of the game” crap Goodell has been spewing this whole off-season.

  20. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 21, 2012 1:56 PM

    The owners will make their money regardless of how good the officials are. In fact, they’ll make more money using the replacement officials. So why would they give in on this?

  21. murphy6377 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    Pete Rozelle must be rolling over in his grave. Roger Goodell must go!!

  22. covercorner says: Aug 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    National GREEDY League

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