As the NFL and the locked-out officials continue to sit back and wait for the other side to blink, there’s one reality to keep in mind regarding the realities that face the NFL Referees Association.
Despite a widespread belief that all of the locked-out officials have other jobs (which makes it far easier to dig in, since paychecks are still coming), we’re told that roughly 10-to-15 percent of the locked-out officials officiate as their sole means of employment.
That number may be small, but they could become vocal as it becomes more and more clear that the NFL will continue to circle the wagons against any and all actual or perceived complaints regarding the performance of the replacement officials.
Right or wrong, we’re convinced the NFL isn’t going to blink. So the locked-out officials can either do a deal and get back to work, or they can continue to watch the games on TV, like the rest of us.
That’s not picking sides. That’s just facing facts. The sooner the locked-out officials decide to do the same, the sooner they’ll be back to work.