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Report: NFLPA asks league to bring back locked-out officials

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When it comes to the lockout of officials, the NFL Players Association has been largely huffing and puffing.

This week, the huffing and puffing continued.  Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the union sent a letter to the league this week, insisting that the locked-out officials be immediately reinstated, for safety reasons.  The league, predictably, has declined.

We believe that using replacement officials definitely gives rise to potential safety concerns.  With the officials now charged with spotting men who may need to be evaluated for concussions, the replacement officials may simply be overloaded with responsibilities as they adjust to NFL football, and thus unable to properly spot potential head injuries.

Still, if the union truly is concerned about safety, why hasn’t the union taken action?  There’s no way the players would have walked out over the issue, but there has to be something more direct that the league could do other than send letters or talk tough.

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17 Responses to “Report: NFLPA asks league to bring back locked-out officials”
  1. thewizardofbs says: Sep 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    Can the NFLPA ask the league to bring back the real Dolphins GM and Owner and get rid of the replacement GM and Owner?

  2. contract says: Sep 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    “We believe that using replacement officials definitely gives rise to potential safety concerns.”

    The real issue is the integrity of the game. If calls are blown that costs teams games, that will be a huge blow for the league.

  3. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Sep 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    Empty request, the league has no motivation to help them.

  4. hutch119 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:56 PM

    Can someone please explain these safety reasons to me. When has a ref ever prevented an injury? It isn’t like there is going to be an epidemic of late hits since whatever may be missed on the field(won’t be much anyone can identify these) by the refs will be severely punished afterwards.

    Plus the locked out refs are the ones that thought Colt McCoy and Stewart Bradley could return to a game after two of the most obvious concussions I have ever seen. Bradley collapsed face first on the field and they let him back in the game!

  5. realnflmaster says: Sep 9, 2012 12:58 PM

    Safety reasons? I’ve never seen a ref in my life stop a sack or a tackle in the history of football.

    Blow hards.

  6. austinjdd says: Sep 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    At the beginning of preseason I thought it wouldn’t be such a big deal having replacement refs and that everyone was making too big if a deal over it. However, after watching their performances, I want the regular refs back. They know what they’re doing

  7. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    Didn’t you just post an article about mankind risking his health? I guess the nflra isn’t to serious

  8. panamon says: Sep 9, 2012 1:15 PM

    The refs didn’t and had never had to watch for concussions not even a full season ago, with an added league official also given that responsibility upstairs to say it definitely gives rise to potential safety concerns is overstating the issue.

  9. mazblast says: Sep 9, 2012 1:27 PM

    “overstating the issue” is part and parcel of labor negotiations.

  10. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    Nice to see the NFLPA put their money where their mouths are by refusing to take the field with replacement refs……… wait, what????

  11. csilojohnson says: Sep 9, 2012 1:40 PM

    Weak arguement

  12. maximus929 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:59 PM

    NFLPA has ZERO credibility these days. Don’t care what they say.

  13. natelan69 says: Sep 9, 2012 2:07 PM

    It’s hilarious how the Republicans (AKA Corporations) have succeeded in completely villainizing unions so much, that the very people who rely on their accomplishments (rednecks) would choose to protect corporate interests against their own.

    Man, we really need to increase public education spending in this country.

  14. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 9, 2012 2:21 PM

    natelan69 says:Sep 9, 2012 2:07 PM

    It’s hilarious how the Republicans (AKA Corporations) have succeeded in completely villainizing unions so much, that the very people who rely on their accomplishments (rednecks) would choose to protect corporate interests against their own.
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    How much were these striking refs looking to make off their part-time second jobs?

    Yeah, the man is keepin’ them DOWN, nate!

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 2:34 PM

    Five blown calls — EASY CALLS — in one half in BUF/NYJ.

  16. natelan69 says: Sep 9, 2012 2:39 PM

    I can understand the anti-union sentiment…

    Children working 100 hours and 7 days a week for pennies a day in deadly and poisonous conditions with no breaks or healthcare was an awesome part of our history!

    Obviously, the ref union is not a real union. It’s a bunch of lawyers who call football games 20 weeks out of the year. I’m not equating the refs union to REAL unions, but my point is that all you low-to-medium income workers hate unions, and you don’t even know why, and you aren’t educated on unions enough to make informed decisions, and yet proceed to vote for legislation on the subject, often times which work to serve the interests of corporations and against your own.

    It’s an education issue. But it’s not your fault, Republicans have been poisoning and neglecting the public education system for decades, and this is the result. Then they force religious wedge issues upon you to confuse you. You’ve been brainwashed to hate your fellow man. It’s sad, but evolution will fix it over time. The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

  17. gtodriver says: Sep 10, 2012 9:43 AM

    Nate

    “Children working 100 hours and 7 days a week for pennies a day in deadly and poisonous conditions with no breaks or healthcare was an awesome part of our history!”

    Maybe it’s you that has been brainwashed – possibly by your ultra liberal education (assuming you are as “educated” as you imply).

    I grew up in a very strong union area, with some of the best public schools in the nation – on the Iron Range in norther MN.

    It’s because of my excellent education and my exposure to the many problems with the labor unions that kept striking for more and more and more – which ultimately left 1,000 of union members without jobs that I feel the way I do.

    Labor unions once were a wonderful thing. That ceased to be the case several decades ago.

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