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Goodell doesn’t rule out use of regular officials in Week One

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The replacement officials could end up getting locked out.

A day after the NFL announced that the locked-out officials won’t work the games to be played in Week One of the 2012 regular season, Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped a strong hint that the regular officials could be back in time for the games that count.

Albert Breer of NFL Netwotrk, speaking to Goodell at a joint NFL-U.S. Army press event at West Point, twice asked Goodell whether he would rule out using the locked-out officials in Week One.  And, twice, Goodell refused to rule it out.

Goodell said that negotiation is needed, and NFLRA spokesman Mike Arnold separately told Breer that the gap remains small, at $6,000 per team per game.  (As we explained earlier today, that still translates to a difference of $22.7 million over the seven-year term of the proposed deal.)

The bottom line is that things can still get worked out, quickly.  Despite the public wagon-circling, the NFL knows that the replacement officials can’t cut the mustard.  (Hell, many of them can’t even spray it in the general direction of the hot dog.)  And hopefully the locked-out officials realize that have it pretty good, with a hobby that pays them on average $150,000 per year.

So let’s get it done, folks.  For the good of the game that all of you supposedly love.

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28 Responses to “Goodell doesn’t rule out use of regular officials in Week One”
  1. sportmentary says: Aug 30, 2012 6:56 PM

    Well it looks like cooler heads are prevailing. Let’s hope that’s the case.

  2. 1phd says: Aug 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    JUST DO IT!!!!! (Arnold voice)

  3. mkesfinest says: Aug 30, 2012 6:58 PM

    Hopefully Mr. Goodell realizes the magnitude of this situation. I know the regular officials missed calls, but these replacement referees have been nothing short of atrocious.

  4. kylexitron says: Aug 30, 2012 6:58 PM

    Wow. The NFL is greed-mongering over a measly 3 mill or so a year to pay the officials? how much revenue does the NFL bring in a year and they can’t give the fans quality refs? That’s like the cost of a kicker per year to ref the whole league. give me a break.

  5. upperdecker19 says: Aug 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    As a fan, this is great news, potentially.

    Although changing the locks for Al Riveron, Jerome Bogar and Ron Winter would be a plus.

  6. lolo376 says: Aug 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    $150K to work 17 weeks? Smh, I’m in the wrong field of work.

  7. wludford says: Aug 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    I agree, enough is enough. Time for brinksmanship to come to an end and get the deal done, so the regular refs can do week 1. It’s too bad it took so long because the regular refs need a pre-season too.

  8. raideralex says: Aug 30, 2012 7:18 PM

    Saying NFL officiating is a “hobby” is akin to stating being a lawyer is a “hobby” because a lawyer only steps into a courtroom every once in a while.

    The literally THOUSANDS of hours that officials put into training, evaluating themselves, studying rules, studying the new rules, looking at interpretations, looking at examples and non-examples, figuring out when to let a minor infraction go, knowing the penalties and distances that go with every rule, not being intimidated by the moment, coaches, or players; making decisions on player safety, perfecting judgement calls, working their way up the ranks, staying in shape, perfecting their signals and teamwork…

    It’s a lifestyle and a full-time job even if you only perform 20 times a year.

  9. kennethrdowa says: Aug 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    what about the one official on the field and the eye in the sky, thought we were doing that?

  10. thegreatonesays says: Aug 30, 2012 7:56 PM

    22.7 mil spread across 32 teams over 7 years???? GET A DEAL DONE ALREADY. I’m not siding with either here and frankly I don’t see much worse if at all in the replacement refs’ calls. The drop off I see is in all the wasted time with ball spots, clock runoff issues, offsetting calls, and some of the other stuff that is confusing these guys so bad. Or the pull the flag because the offender didn’t intend to do so. That happened twice in the SF/DEN game. The challenge of a non challengable call which Harbaugh had to explain to them. Ultimately they kept it 4th down after a 15 yard penalty?, then pulled the flag altogether because Fox didn’t mean to violate the rule? Then niners have 12 defenders on the field the ball is clearly snapped and in play. Flags go down… oh oops we’re gonna award a time out now? This is the crap I don’t want to deal with. Bad calls are always gonna happen when they are split second judgement calls. It’s the other junk that needs to go

  11. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    Good*ell is concerned about player safety*.
    Let’s get these refs back on the job so they can take care of the players and ensure there aren’t any bounties* or any mean* language.
    This is football* people.
    It’s suppose to be civilized*, safe*.
    Free from bad language* and physicality*.
    How can we ensure player safety* with high school officials* on the field?
    I know Roger is a good* man and his choices will be as right* as the RNC.

  12. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    I hope they get it done…The regular refs are far from perfect, but the replacements are clueless.

  13. kremis says: Aug 30, 2012 8:13 PM

    what is the NFL Netotrk? Does Time Warner carry it?

  14. hoosiermizuno says: Aug 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    Refs called goodells bluff. public opinion is going to side against a guy being greedy. pay the refs and lets move on.

  15. vikingamericann says: Aug 30, 2012 8:26 PM

    Sound like the NFL is ready to blink

  16. datageek94 says: Aug 30, 2012 8:41 PM

    The real issue here appears to be individual accountability for officials. So, NFLRA, man up and sign.

    Ed Hochule is from PHX. The average full time worker in PHX makes $24K/year. The part time officials make almost $10/weekend.

    Sign, and let’s get on with it.

  17. eagleswin says: Aug 30, 2012 9:00 PM

    raideralex says:
    Aug 30, 2012 7:18 PM

    The literally THOUSANDS of hours that officials put into training, evaluating themselves, studying rules, studying the new rules, looking at interpretations, looking at examples and non-examples, figuring out when to let a minor infraction go, knowing the penalties and distances that go with every rule, not being intimidated by the moment, coaches, or players; making decisions on player safety, perfecting judgement calls, working their way up the ranks, staying in shape, perfecting their signals and teamwork…

    —————————

    40 hrs/wk * 52 wks/yr = 2080. That’s a fulltime job the entire year. 2000 would be the bare minimum for 1000′s of hours.

    The officials do not spend 8 hours a day/5 days a week/52 weeks a year on reffing. Not even close, I’d say you aren’t in the ballpark but you aren’t even on the right continent.

  18. eagleswin says: Aug 30, 2012 9:01 PM

    datageek94 says:
    Aug 30, 2012 8:41 PM
    The real issue here appears to be individual accountability for officials. So, NFLRA, man up and sign.

    ——————————-

    Someone get’s it. The refs want to be appointed for life with no accountability while the lemmings, as they always do in these situations, boil things down to “pay the man!”.

  19. mojosmagic says: Aug 30, 2012 9:20 PM

    Please stop torturing the fans with this nonsense. Enough is enough just bring the regular officials back. Clowns would be an upgrade over the bozos I have been watching.

  20. dennisatunity says: Aug 30, 2012 9:44 PM

    I think what I am most excited about is that with the regular refs back, there will never be a blown call again. The coaches and the players are almost committed to being 100% supportive of the regular refs. And perhaps most refreshingly all the people on this site who have been so antagonistic against the replacement refs, will never have a single complaint about a call. If they do, they are complete hypocrites (but then we knew that already, didn’t we?).

  21. commonsensedude says: Aug 30, 2012 10:26 PM

    Compromise. Give the officials the pay they want in exchange for the NFL getting to hire more officials. And then fire the officials who don’t perform or who regularly screw up.

    You get what you pay for. Having refs who have no experience dealing with the speed and violence of professional football out there protecting millionaire players makes no more sense than buying a Lambourghini and deciding to save a few bucks by refusing to buy auto insurance. Pay the most experienced refs for their service and retain the ability to get rid of them quickly if they don’t do well. Should be an easy compromise.

  22. murphy6377 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    Goodell needs to be replaced. Pete Rozelle would alway speak up and tell the owners when they were wrong. Hell he put Al Davis in place many times. Rozelle help create the NFL. Goodell is a joke!!

  23. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:20 PM

    What exactly is the deadline? The NFL (I believe it was Ray Anderson) has said it will take 7-10 (don’t believe that). I would say it has to be done by Sunday. If the regular officials can’t ref the Giants-Cowboys game I have to believe the league will use replacements for the rest of week one. Kind of unfair to Dallas and NY Giants for them to have replacement officials and everyone else the real officials.

  24. wealldat says: Aug 31, 2012 12:05 AM

    Godell Sucks Get the ref’s back

  25. realfootballfan says: Aug 31, 2012 2:53 AM

    This is embarrassing. The NFl should be ashamed of themselves to even disclose what they’re wrangling about.

    If I were them I would have taken great pain to hide that this rift is over a total $23 million in a billion dollar a year industry.

    Jamarcus Russell essentially got that much money to be a bust as a number one pick, but people who are pretty irreplaceable judging by the cliff like drop off in quality to these fake officials somehow are not worth it.

  26. wiseguy12 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:08 AM

    It’s good to hear that when the season opens we may have the regular refs back. The game just isn’t the same with professional athletes and coaches competing against each other and amateur officials potentially affecting the outcome. Televised professional sports is entertainment. We should expect that the people who provide the entertainment are paid more than the average Joe, part-time or not. In a billion dollar industry the customers should not have to suffer because of a dispute over compensation to a handfull of refs.

  27. electionconfidential says: Aug 31, 2012 3:57 AM

    Wow, and here I am. I can’t stand the owners, can’t stand the commissioner and can’t stand the officials. Who am I supposed to pull for?

  28. viksfan1985 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:19 AM

    What I still don’t get is why is this a part time job? If they want more money and a pension have them full time employees of the league and also they need to make them more accountable for their calls have the commish fine them for bad calls. I do like having the nfl rep at each game with the replacement refs to ensure the calls are correct. They should continue that trend.

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