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NFL will use eight-official crews until lockout ends

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As the NFL prepares to launch the regular season without the regular officials, the league will employ extra measures to ensure that the replacement officials will make good decisions, both before and after the whistle.

The league will use eight-man crews, with an extra official on hand to remain in communication with a supervisor from the league office.  NFL V.P. of officiating Ray Anderson explained the approach in an on-the-record meeting with various NBC personnel at league headquarters on Tuesday.

Anderson said that the league will be using the same procedures that apply during the postseason, at which time the eighth official has a direct line to the supervisor in the booth.  The eighth official then can relay information immediately to the seven officials who are directly working the game.  If, for example, the officials are going to spot the ball in the wrong place or march off too many (or too few) penalty yards, the supervisor will let the eighth official know.

For Wednesday night’s opener between the Cowboys and the Giants, the league will be using a crew of replacements (with the onset of the regular season, Anderson said that the NFL no longer regards the officials as replacements) that is believed to be among the better crews, based on preseason performance.  And everyone will be watching the officials, for reasons completely unrelated to the reasons officials have been watched in the past.

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  1. cometophillyforthecrack says: Sep 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    This is why unions suck. These Refs are ex-lawyers, judges, etc. that knew somebody to land a kush job. They’re set for life and they still want to complain about $$$. It sucks the NFL has done this first with the player CBA in 2011 and now this ref BS, they could give a damn about the fans or the integrity of the game.

  2. eatingcereal says: Sep 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Oh yea, now I feel completely confident in the replacements. What wrong can possibly come from having an extra replacement official on the scene??

    Memo to NFL, it may not happen tomorrow night, but somewhere, a replacement official is going to make an absolute horrible call to cost a team a game. So all NFL fans who dont think this is a big deal now, I cant wait to hear your thoughts when an obvious blown call is made against your team.

  3. dmartin17 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 PM

    I have complete confidence that we won’t be missing the old officials by the end of the year. They weren’t that good last year, why would they be missed?

  4. snoilog says: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 PM

    eatingcereal says:
    Sep 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Memo to NFL, it may not happen tomorrow night, but somewhere, a replacement official is going to make an absolute horrible call to cost a team a game. So all NFL fans who dont think this is a big deal now, I cant wait to hear your thoughts when an obvious blown call is made against your team.
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    So going to happen

  5. realitypolice says: Sep 4, 2012 8:25 PM

    Wait a minute. I thought these guys were performing at the exact same level of competence as the regular refs, making the same types of mistakes the same amount of time.

    I mean, that’s what Jerry Jones, the League Office, and three quarters of the posters on this site have been saying throughout the pre-season.

    Why would the league feel the need to take all of these extra precautions if everything was going fine?

  6. drew1111 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:28 PM

    Wouldn’t this increase the cost of officiating per game? Isn’t that one of the reasons the NFL has locked out the officials. I can’t wait to see how truly bad the officiating will be tomorrow.

  7. cincinnasti says: Sep 4, 2012 8:30 PM

    @eatingcereal You don’t think that happens as is? Ask Ravens fans. They believe the officials cost them almost EVERY GAME they lose.

  8. japmen says: Sep 4, 2012 8:31 PM

    Well, considering the normal refs have completely botched calls numerous times and no one could call them out, replace them for sucking, or even expect them to make a $150,000 job their full time work…Im not too worried about the scabs.

    I want to see if the ref apologists will call them out all the time like they have the scabs?! Probably will because they just like to bitch…

  9. vendictar says: Sep 4, 2012 8:32 PM

    “So all NFL fans who dont think this is a big deal now, I cant wait to hear your thoughts when an obvious blown call is made against your team.”

    Yeah because the normal refs never blow calls…

  10. bsizemore68 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:34 PM

    They are still SCABS, and nothing will change that, the league is greedy to the core, and they make fans pay for pre season games when the tickets should be at a great discount, remember when we had to set thru 6 pre season games? Did I mention that the SCABS are a cancer for the league. Bill

  11. screamingsheep69 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:35 PM

    And Florio continues to ignore the white elephant in the room. His buddy Drew Rosenhaus has finally gotten caught with his hand in the candy jar. Scum, and now everyone will know it.

  12. onecoolrdrfan says: Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    These guys aren’t replacement official’s. They are Scabs and will be know as Scabs their whole life. Their kids will know, friends, etc.

  13. mojosmagic says: Sep 4, 2012 8:53 PM

    So they added an 8th stooge. Now I feel better

  14. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 4, 2012 8:59 PM

    cincinnasti says: Sep 4, 2012 8:30 PM

    @eatingcereal You don’t think that happens as is? Ask Ravens fans. They believe the officials cost them almost EVERY GAME they lose.
    ———-
    not every game. the afc championship was lost because of the scoreboard operator ;-)

  15. okldrdrs2111 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:06 PM

    There will be plenty of ‘Tuck Rule” games to go around

  16. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:08 PM

    I would gladly be a scab!! unions are trash. it is the ref union that is the greedy one and hopefully all those bums lose their jobs and are replaced by scabs :-)

  17. seatown12 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:10 PM

    Here comes the “Unions are ruining America” crowd, as if unions are ruining the middle class. HA! Unions stand up for workers rights, and against the corporations that extort every single one of us, at your bank, the pump, by your private insurer…etc. I pay almost $400 a month for cable/internet/phones, but unions are dragging the middle class down right? Wrong. I know exactly who’s f*cking me…now back to football…

  18. paulnoga says: Sep 4, 2012 9:11 PM

    memo to the haters;
    As of tomorrow night, the Refs on the field will not be replacement Refs;
    they will be the Refs, for bettor or worse.

  19. footballishere says: Sep 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    you know what , nobody said that the refs never blow calls but these guys really suck , its ok to miss a call here and there but with these refs it seems like they cant see holding or pass interference , or even spit out the call for that matter even if it is right.

  20. gweez76 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:27 PM

    I’m pro business and anti-union but go get ‘em Refs.

    The league have become bullies. Saw it with the players, saw it with the Skins/Cowboys Cap penalty for not colluding.

    Collective bargaining or not they are abusing their monopoly.

  21. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 4, 2012 9:28 PM

    is the extra guy there to burn the evidence of the patriots cheating?

  22. TeamBalco says: Sep 4, 2012 9:28 PM

    Great idea! Lol

  23. gweez76 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:29 PM

    forgot to add, BS preseason games.

    $12 beers
    $9 Hotdogs
    $25 dollar parking.

  24. pilonflats says: Sep 4, 2012 9:32 PM

    I’m tired of grown men calling others “SCABS” because they want to work. It’s childish and makes YOU look sad.

  25. mlenenski says: Sep 4, 2012 9:33 PM

    Hmmm….I love the use of the word “Scab” with a unionized show business like football. Scab actors in movies are basically all non-SAG films. Scab DJ’s are what we have when we choose to to go to a concert to listen to someone who only use prerecorded music. Scab CEO’s show up at leveraged buyouts.

    They all show up in place of the real thing.

    The NFL is a show, whose outcome we sometimes gamble on….which is the only reason we care about the so-called integrity of the game. We don’t care if Scabs are involved as long as they call a good game… and make sure the players don’t cheat too much.

  26. phillyforlife says: Sep 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    Why are they scabs, just because they are willing to work part time at part time rates like all people here. Fact is unions today are for people that fear they are too incompetent to be able to hold a job without help from a bunch of over paid lawyers.

  27. saddolfinfan says: Sep 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    If the NFL had complete trust in these refs abilities, they wouldnt need the 8th official, this is the NFL acknowledging that these officials arent good enough

  28. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    Didnt realize that I was happ with the officiating after the giants packers games. I thought I was screaming at the top of my lungs at how badly that both of those games were officiated. That must have been a dream though. I went back and checked and yes in fact osi did hit Rodgers in the head and no Greg Jennings didn’t clearly fumble

  29. stoolerz says: Sep 4, 2012 10:41 PM

    Gotta love the looney libs following in step with the AFL-CIO scumbag referencing the officials as scabs or SCABS-as little billy sizemore likes to call them. How come you aren’t watching the Demo convention and drinking the Kool-Aid.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:44 PM

    realitypolice says:Sep 4, 2012 8:25 PM

    Wait a minute. I thought these guys were performing at the exact same level of competence as the regular refs, making the same types of mistakes the same amount of time.

    I mean, that’s what Jerry Jones, the League Office, and three quarters of the posters on this site have been saying throughout the pre-season.

    Why would the league feel the need to take all of these extra precautions if everything was going fine?
    _______________

    Because NFLRA shills put the new officials under a microscope when compared to the greedy part-timers. In the end, there really won’t be much difference.

  31. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    onecoolrdrfan says:Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    These guys aren’t replacement official’s. They are Scabs and will be know as Scabs their whole life. Their kids will know, friends, etc.
    ______________

    Wow! What twisted bitterness.

  32. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 4, 2012 11:20 PM

    “I cant wait to hear your thoughts when an obvious blown call is made against your team.”…..

    I only wish I had kept count of all the obvious blown calls that have cost my team games in previous years.

  33. macwomack says: Sep 4, 2012 11:21 PM

    eatingcereal says:
    Sep 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Memo to NFL, it may not happen tomorrow night, but somewhere, a replacement official is going to make an absolute horrible call to cost a team a game. So all NFL fans who dont think this is a big deal now, I cant wait to hear your thoughts when an obvious blown call is made against your team.

    Dude even the regular officials blow calls that are huge…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/962467-11-worst-referee-screw-jobs-in-nfl-history#/articles/962467-11-worst-referee-screw-jobs-in-nfl-history/page/6

  34. jamiebuf12 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:32 PM

    onecoolrdrfan says:
    Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    These guys aren’t replacement official’s. They are Scabs and will be know as Scabs their whole life. Their kids will know, friends, etc.

    they won’t be scabs once the nfl fires them and cleans house…i get the need for unions in factorys and trucking and such,but for part time refs? c’mon..and they want a pension and no accountabilty? fire them NOW!!!!! the ones that are any good will re apply under the real work rules……..

  35. applecool1981 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:02 AM

    jamiebuf12 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:32 PM

    “onecoolrdrfan says:
    Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    These guys aren’t replacement official’s. They are Scabs and will be know as Scabs their whole life. Their kids will know, friends, etc.

    they won’t be scabs once the nfl fires them and cleans house…i get the need for unions in factorys and trucking and such,but for part time refs? c’mon..and they want a pension and no accountabilty? fire them NOW!!!!! the ones that are any good will re apply under the real work rules……..”

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    I sorta agree with you on the unions for sports but if they weren’t there, they’d get fleeced because that is what most business try to do. To bad there’s not a way to to have the unions hold the NFL accountable but at the same time not give them so much power that they can take the league hostage.

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