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NFL says it’s ready to negotiate with officials

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So the NFL Referees Association says it’s ready to negotiate.  And now the NFL has responded by saying it’s ready to negotiate.

“[W]e are prepared to resume negotiations at any time,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter, in response to the NFLRA’s press release.  “NFLRA talks to the media a lot more than it talks to us.”

Actually, the NFL has done plenty of talking to the media.  In comparison to the league’s public comments, the officials have been only slightly more talkative than Randy Moss.

Aiello reiterated his position in a follow up.  “If NFLRA wants to talk, we are available,” he said.  “We have a track record of success when it comes to negotiating major agreements.”

But how does the league define “success”?  By driving such a hard financial bargain that it potentially drives its “partner” out of business, which is exactly what happened to the publisher of the league’s much-hyped and ill-fated NFL Magazine?  Or does success mean setting aside the notion of pocketing as many dollars as possible and taking actions that reflect the long-term (and short-term) good of the game?

In this case, the league apparently defines success by propping up the replacement officials long enough to get the locked-out officials to cry, “Uncle!”

Again, the NFL has every right to do that, as a matter of business.  And if that’s the approach the league is taking, it should just say so.  “We’ve made a fair offer,” the league should say.  “This is a second job for these guys.  Until they decide they want to accept the offer, we’ll make other arrangements.”

Right or wrong, that’s precisely what’s happening.

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14 Responses to “NFL says it’s ready to negotiate with officials”
  1. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    Whoa! Finally… Let’s get rid of those dumb replacement refs that took 20 minutes to figure out a call

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    It’s like a teenage couple arguing at this point.

  3. datageek94 says: Aug 29, 2012 6:43 PM

    I absolutely would like to see the regular officials back for the start of the season. But part of me does agree with the ‘if the officiating is bad, it’s equally bad for everybody’ sentiment.

    Fact is, all the complaining about the replacement refs now will change to similar complaining about the regular refs once they come back. Just saying.

    Either way, I’m ready for football!!

  4. packhawk04 says: Aug 29, 2012 6:47 PM

    Mike, you criticize the NFL for saying the officials talk to the media more than them, when the NFL talks to the media. Fair point. Why didnt you say who was actually running a public smear campaign while vilma and brees were going to everyone who would listen calling goodell a dictator and talking about how evil and unfair he is?

    Then, you say exactly whats happening. Fair point. Why do you leave out pertinent facts in the bounty case to discourage the NFL? Why dont you come out and say what judge berrigan is really doing?

    I like the site, but the blatant anti-NFL stuff is getting old. You know its bad when you’re willing to do it to the point of losing credibility as a former lawyer.

  5. ReinaLee says: Aug 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    In other words, I will sum up what happened today. The NFL has been trying to negotiate a deal, and the Officials dug there heels in and said they werent looking to negotiate. Then the NFL put out a memo that the Replacement Officials would work week one, because the “real” officials wont negotiate… And boom, just like that, the officials had the court of public opinion against them, and now both claim they are ready to talk. Sounds to me like the NFL won this round…

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:02 PM

    they have to get rid of the replacement refs, or fans will start sending them threats in the regular season when games start to count, the replacement refs are BAD!! and its taking away from the integrity of the game

  7. mongo13 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    Can we please STOP saying the NFL should just offer to pay the ref’s? Florio (or anyone else), please correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the NFL offered a sizable (100%) increase to the ref’s over the next 5 yrs. Isn’t the big sticking point(s) that the NFL wants to hire extra officials so that they can replace the ref’s who score the lowest. Also, they want to be able to mix and match crews for the playoffs, get the best overall ref’s per game instead of the team the graded the best overall. And lastly, hasn’t the NFL said they want to move to full time ref’s.

    I don’t blame the ref’s for not wanting to give into those points, may cost them their 2nd income. But to paint this as the NFL being cheap is the exact opposite of the truth.

  8. al40110 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:13 PM

    This boils down to the worst of two evils. The reg refs have made many mistakes and some effected the outcome of games. The replacement refs have made their share of mistakes. one complaint is the replacements are not use to the speed of the NFL game. But the same is said of the NFL rookies, and by the rookies themselves. But these rookies quickly adjust to the game. Why can’t we expect the same of replacement refs. I would love to see the regular ref back. But I think thet need to prove themselves. Why can’t anything be said about the refs. They are quick to point mistakes made by the replacement refs

  9. theauger says: Aug 29, 2012 7:15 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Aug 29, 2012 7:02 PM
    they have to get rid of the replacement refs, or fans will start sending them threats in the regular season when games start to count, the replacement refs are BAD!! and its taking away from the integrity of the game
    ____________________________________
    You must have missed the last decade in NFL officiating.

    “NEWS FLASH” The regular NFLPA refs are just as bad.

    At least the replacement officials have an excuse.

  10. moth25 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:31 PM

    Mike, why are you not giving us the details on this one? During the lockout with the players you provided details not just on the money but the ‘other’ stuff that each side wanted. Why aren’t you giving us the details on how much money the refs want and how quickly versus how much the NFL is offering? Why very limited mention of the retirement plan differences, the desire for a larger pool of officials, etc.? It’s not like you, and it’s not a fair and complete representation of the issue, to just say that the refs want more money and the NFL doesn’t want to give it to them.

  11. usm418 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:36 PM

    The billionaire owners are hypocrites. 9.3 billion in profit and they want to nickel & dime the refs. Meanwhile charging full price for meaningless preseason games with scab officials.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:26 PM

    After that brutal five minute stretch during my guys’ game vs. NE, they CANNOT trot these guys out here next week. That was downright EMBARRASSING. And the Giants Stadium fans let Don King HAVE IT.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:46 PM

    usm418 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:36 PM

    The billionaire owners are hypocrites. 9.3 billion in profit and they want to nickel & dime the refs. Meanwhile charging full price for meaningless preseason games with scab officials.
    ———–
    THAT’S what I’m saying. Charging premium (constantly rising) costs for subpar product!

  14. covercorner says: Aug 30, 2012 1:30 PM

    Everyone should just tune out. 0.0 Neilsen ratings would make the NFL cry uncle.

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