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John Lynch says NFL “duped” FOX into going easy on replacements before Week One

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The ultimate reality show just got even more real.

FOX’s John Lynch, a hard-hitting safety who now serves as a color analyst for Sunday afternoon broadcasts, explained on Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show that the league fooled FOX into thinking that a deal with the locked-out officials was imminent before the regular-season began.

Per Lynch, the NFL called FOX before the season started and said, ‘We’re close to a deal, so take it easy on these guys.”

With no deal done nearly three weeks later, Lynch has drawn a strong conclusion:  “They duped us.”

Lynch also complained about the folks who aren’t getting nearly enough blame for this situation — the people who own the teams.  “The other night I went to bed angry,” Lynch said. “It just speaks to the arrogance of the owners.”

While some will wonder whether the league office will play the Playmakers card on FOX in response to Lynch’s remarks, the truth is that all major network deals extend into the next decade.  Besides, at some point the networks have every right and reason to complain about paying billions for a product that is undermined by bargain-basement officiating.

For FOX and CBS, the length of the games becomes a major problem because too many of the 1:00 p.m. ET games are extending into the doubleheader window, even though this year the kickoff for the late games was nudged to 4:25 p.m. ET.

Still, it’s significant for Lynch to claim that the league lied to a supposed partner.  And it’ll be interesting to see whether other employees of FOX and other networks join the chorus on this one.

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56 Responses to “John Lynch says NFL “duped” FOX into going easy on replacements before Week One”
  1. buccaboo says: Sep 26, 2012 10:17 AM

    Greedy Billionaire’s trying to squeeze the little guy AGAIN! How’s that trickle down theory workin out for ya?

  2. garyman1 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    I”m no big fan of Grudens….but you could tell he was really pissed off Monday night after the game.

  3. moelester says: Sep 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    I miss watching John Lynch play

  4. knackstermyea says: Sep 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    Just like i was “Duped” in thinking FOX would at least bring in someone funny to replace Frank Caliendo for their morning show. This new guy is terrible.

  5. eagleswin says: Sep 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    1. We’re only 3 weeks (21 days) into the season. Which really isn’t that long.

    2. It may have been easier if the announcers actually had taken it easy on the replacement refs. To date, I have not seen it.

  6. jacobslatter says: Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    Why would Lynch go to bed angry? Open letter to JL: You sir have a WAY distant orbit around the NFL & all their fungo mungo don’t try to insert yourself into the fray in any way dude it’s pathetic. You are on the outside looking in. Calm the eff down.

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    I’m not a lawyer, so this may be way off base. Could the TV Networks sue the NFL for breach of contract, claiming the League is providing an inferior product due to the inept replacement ref’s? Just wondering.

  8. ducej11 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    It makes sense that the NFL would do that. If the announcers take it easy on the replacement refs, it looks like the NFL doesn’t need the real ones, therefore advantage NFL in negotiations.

    At the end of the day, I feel like wanting a pension when you’re making a hundred grand a year for a part time job is a little too much. I have no problem with the NFL not wanting to give in to that demand, it’s outragious.

  9. bengalfan2012 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    If the length of games was such a big issue for FOX, they could always scale back their commercials to help speed it along.
    Not such a big deal I guess!

  10. panamon says: Sep 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    “Lynch also complained about the folks who aren’t getting nearly enough blame for this situation — the people who own the teams.”

    AND the union refs, they’re demanding quite a bit too and don’t seem to give a damn about the quality of the replacements and how they affect the game unless it gives them more money.

  11. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Sep 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    So thaaaaats why they moved the times back… They knew the replacements were going to make the games take longer. We’d be missing the entire first quarter and then some if watching on fox or cbs.

  12. bengalfan2012 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:32 AM

    2ndaryinsanity

    I wouldn’t think so. In order to be successful, every call made by the replacement officials would have to be reviewed and compared to calls made by regular officials over the years.
    These guys may be in way over their heads, but the regular refs were pretty bad as well.
    These same bad calls being made, were made by the regular refs as well.

  13. norseyapper says: Sep 26, 2012 10:33 AM

    Regarding the question of breach of contract in providing an inferior product: I think that would only be applicable if they could prove that poor officiating caused ratings to gone down significantly, effecting their advertising revenues, etc. As long as the games continue to be watched and attended at the same level no one has recourse.

  14. captainbillyrules says: Sep 26, 2012 10:35 AM

    Where is Roger? Have we seen him at all lately?

    Greedy Goodell’s Gotta Go!

    The shield showed up naked to school today and everyone is laughing!

  15. jasndc75 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:35 AM

    2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    I’m not a lawyer, so this may be way off base. Could the TV Networks sue the NFL for breach of contract, claiming the League is providing an inferior product due to the inept replacement ref’s? Just wondering.

    I was thinking on the same lines for the Packers. Since they are sort of a company & don’t have an owner, some sort of unfair labor practices, i mean if that win costs the packers the playoffs or a home playoff game it necessarily cost them $$

  16. draftazoid says: Sep 26, 2012 10:36 AM

    That is so silly to think that FOX is going to complain about the replacements.
    IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RATINGS BABY!

  17. bkostela says: Sep 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    im sick of these announcers. people tune in to watch football, yet whenever there is a bad flag, instead of simply saying that was a blown call,” it becomes a springboard for them to go on about the current situation. gruden’s commentary was pathetic the other night, as has been collinsworth the past few weeks (not saying they are masters of their trade aside from these weeks) because they are focusing so much on the refs that the viewer’s attention is being taken away from the game. yes, we know they are replacement refs, but there’s a football game going on too.

  18. dryzzt23 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    The NFL should sue the NFLRA for being greedy.

    Why does it seem that the media is all over the NFL but never blames the Refs union for their part in this?

    I’ll tell ya why. It’s b/c the media loves unions and their democrat votes so they will never print anything negative about any union, including the NFLPA and NFLRA. The media does not want the players or refs to ever be painted as being the greedy ppl that they are.

  19. geauxjay says: Sep 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    Gee…I wonder what else the NFL may have duped its television partners into believing?

    I don’t know…maybe that a team was warned to stop having bounties and they didn’t.

    Or that they “confessed.”

  20. joetoronto says: Sep 26, 2012 10:39 AM

    Take a chill pill, John. You’re no longer relevant.

  21. monkeesfan says: Sep 26, 2012 10:39 AM

    The announcers have no right to complain about the replacement refs – the announcers continue to get the Golden Tate catch wrong by ignoring that Jennings never established control of the ball, and nowhere has anyone made any credible case that replacement refs (who are supervised by non-replacement officials) have somehow changed the outcome of any game.

  22. righton989 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:44 AM

    This information was censored in the U.S. media.

    The replacement ref whose blown call during a MNF game and sparked a national uproar should not have been officiating at the NFL level, according to the man who trained him at a referee camp.

    The official at the center of the controversy is Lance Easley, a banker from Santa Maria, California, who only had experience refereeing ‘small time’ basketball and football games – mostly for high school students and junior college players.

    Send Lance your appreciation.

  23. succulentnipples says: Sep 26, 2012 10:45 AM

    Replacement refs, the new Tim Tebow. The scabity scab scab scabs are getting all the attention.

  24. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    jacobslatter says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM
    Why would Lynch go to bed angry? Open letter to JL: You sir have a WAY distant orbit around the NFL & all their fungo mungo don’t try to insert yourself into the fray in any way dude it’s pathetic. You are on the outside looking in. Calm the eff down.
    ________________________________

    You must have forgot who John Lynch is. Let me refresh your memory. He just retired a few years ago from being a FEARED hard hitting safety. He played fast, hard, and knocked some teeth in. He also has a Super Bowl ring, and could EASILY knock you around a bit. The only one that is not in this orbit, is you. John Lynch is respected across the league, that is why he can say what he wants.

  25. fuglyflorio says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 AM

    No one has been even remotely easy on the replacement refs. They’ve been beaten like a rented mule. FOX even lies about sports now.

  26. 1122world says: Sep 26, 2012 10:52 AM

    A class action law suit should be brought against the NFL and owners by the thousands of fans that attended games for being robbed.

    One of these wiley lawyers should get on it.

  27. jmoonraker says: Sep 26, 2012 10:54 AM

    I’m so sick of hearing about these refs. This is how the game was in the early to mid 80′s before booth review….. Before challenge flags….. When players played and coaches coached and the fans watched. Society has become soft. Shut the hell up and play football and quit whining…. IT’S FOOTBALL not golf.

  28. citizenstrange says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 AM

    Speaking of greed …. I still can’t believe that in this day and age of multi-multi-BILLION dollar TV contracts and extorting billions of tax payer dollars to build their personal fiefdom stadiums (and inexplicably getting the naming right too) and multi-million dollar luxury suites and $75k season tickets and $75 parking fees and concessions and jersey and merchandise sales and a whole seemingly never ending GRAVY TRAIN of money …. that the Raiders still play on a DIRT baseball infield.

    It boggles the mind …. at least mine.

    Also, they should be ashamed after grabbing ALL that money with both hands and a hunting dog to put these refs on the field for three games with no end in sight.

  29. kabasaman says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 AM

    With people like Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, and the York’s. This thing may never get done…. Do you really think they give a crap? No, lets worry about 18 game seasons and playing in London. Godell is a Major Joke … a rich joke, but none the less. A JOKE…

  30. jamaltimore says: Sep 26, 2012 10:59 AM

    When is the gambling commission going to start an investigation into these games. It’s obvious now that the NFL has people communicating with the scab officials during the game. I’ve seen more people on the sidelines at Raven’s home games talking to officials than normal. Are the “guys upstairs” really part of the officiating crew or are they part of NFL admin? This to me would imply that the league NOT actually the officials are controlling the outcome of games and that’s BAD news for Vegas and the NFL.

    Roger Goddell should be FIRED. I’ve watched the game grow through rozelle to tags and this guy is is a bozo! It began with spygate now bounty gate etc..

    DITKA for COMMISH!

  31. jasndc75 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    fuglyflorio says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 AM

    No one has been even remotely easy on the replacement refs. They’ve been beaten like a rented mule. FOX even lies about sports now.

    that is true NOW. week 1 they all went very easy on the replacements, now we know why

    more evidence of Goodell tarnishing the shield

  32. jaxdolfan says: Sep 26, 2012 11:06 AM

    John Lynch was a badass who never intentionally put a helmet on a knee and who would not think of spearing a QB’s helmet off…things that pass as acceptable today.

    Players could learn a lot from him.

  33. prince5000 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:09 AM

    garyman1 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:19 AM
    I”m no big fan of Grudens….but you could tell he was really pissed off Monday night after the game

    It’s funny – the knock on Gruden is that he’s never negative. Even he couldn’t hide his disgust, good post.

  34. jibberator says: Sep 26, 2012 11:09 AM

    I found it quite obvious that the announcers were holding their tongues when the officials were making mistakes. All that they would say is, I don’t see that…then move on — as opposed to making a big deal about it like usual.

  35. klutch14u says: Sep 26, 2012 11:11 AM

    Networks complaining? Lets face it, people aren’t turning the games off because of this and it gives the sports networks hours of crap to talk about. They are loving it. Sure Lynch doesn’t like it but I guarantee the suits sure do.

  36. yahmule says: Sep 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    I love John Lynch, but anyone who naively believes the words coming out of the mouths of Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, et al, deserves what’s coming to him.

  37. rsh1023 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:17 AM

    One little known fact in all this, is that many of the “real” refs also are on boards that oversee the D1 college officials. The college officials were told by the “real” refs that if they broke ranks and officiated NFL games, that they would lose their college jobs as well once the “real” refs get a deal done with the NFL. Which is why we have high school and lingerie football league refs.

    So, there is plenty of blame to go around for everyone. NFL and refs both.

  38. deucedeuce13 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:18 AM

    Greedy refs??? I could be wrong but I pretty sure they make less then $100,000. Which isn’t a bad deal. But far lesser then ref’s for other sports. If the nfl is more profitable, and continuing to grow, I don’t think a 5-8% raise is THAT bad. These owners wouldn’t even notice if they lost that much money gambling.

  39. sixjak says: Sep 26, 2012 11:23 AM

    buccaboo says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:17 AM
    Greedy Billionaire’s trying to squeeze the little guy AGAIN! How’s that trickle down theory workin out for ya?

    ___________

    Actually it works just fine and always has. It is far superior to trickle up poverty. Remember, welfare mothers, senior citizens on fixed incomes and Jimmy Carter’s unemployed grandson aren’t exactly hiring ppl and creating jobs. How’s this economy working out for you? There is no turnaround. I just love this mentality that because someone has it better than you, they should ante up and give you something. Vince Young is broke because he has too many “friends” like you.

    The issue here is the owners wanting a better product for their money. I think they are going about it the wrong way. There has been some terrible officiating over the years with no accountability when horrible calls are made. I think we can all agree on that.

    I think they need to invest some money into training new refs. Trust me, there are better candidates out there who are could do a better job than Ed Hocule and Co. who would be willing to make NFL officiating their full time employment, train and upgrade their knowledge in the offseason and would be grateful for the amount of money the NFL is paying them.

    Hey these are just minor bumps in the road ppl.

  40. nutitletown says: Sep 26, 2012 11:27 AM

    I implore all of you to not watch any NFL games this Sunday. Eff these arrogant team owners. This is just a game to them, and all they care about is winning.

  41. savvybynature says: Sep 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    And you are just going to take Lynch’s word on this without trying to get a second source?
    I’m not saying he is lying, maybe that’s what he heard, but I highly doubt the NFL contacted him directly while communicating with FOX Sports. Unless he heard or read this directly, it’s just hearsay.
    Wouldn’t a decent journalist at least try to contact the NFL and/or the honchos at FOX Sports before running this article?

  42. daknight93 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:37 AM

    We were all duped!!

  43. wolley08 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    Par for the course….the NFL duped the media into thinking it had evidence re: bountygate and now has duped the media again on the replacement officials.

  44. bdickey33 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:42 AM

    buccaboo says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:17 AM
    Greedy Billionaire’s trying to squeeze the little guy AGAIN! How’s that trickle down theory workin out for ya?

    ——————————————

    The replacement refs are people too and they are probably enjoying the pay bump they have incurred. I’d say it is working out pretty well.

  45. gator2006 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’m sure the NFL accounted for this in their TV deals etc. Saying that the other side has to deal with any labor disputes, up to and including replacement players. It would be priced in as a risk in the original deal.

    So I’d say no suit would be successful.

  46. glac1 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:50 AM

    As a Packer fan, obviously I’m upset about the call…but I’m also upset because it never should have come down to that. If we protect Aaron in the first half or if Driver catches the ball for a td in the third quarter we’d have been in control. The game never should have come down to the last play.

  47. raiders757 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    Fox is the cartoon network of sports broadcasting just as ESPN is the National Enquirer. I do everything I can to avoid watching those two networks sports programming. Duped my rear end.

  48. leroysbutler says: Sep 26, 2012 12:00 PM

    Although a pension for someone making 100k for a part time job seems unreasonable, what does someone making 20 mil for throwing a football seem like.

    The point is very few people on this planet can do what Brady and Brees can do. They’re the best of the best and get paid accordingly. The regular officials are also the best of the best and the NFL wants them to get better and younger. They also should get paid accordingly.

  49. tiggerblood says: Sep 26, 2012 12:02 PM

    Umm yea it doesn’t work just fine.

  50. maddog111 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:17 PM

    glac1 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 11:50 AM
    As a Packer fan, obviously I’m upset about the call…but I’m also upset because it never should have come down to that. If we protect Aaron in the first half or if Driver catches the ball for a td in the third quarter we’d have been in control. The game never should have come down to the last play.
    ———————————————
    So I guess the Packers beat themselves yet again.

  51. billh1947 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:24 PM

    If the Networks that air the game are happy with what they see then so too are the owners whom they paid those billions to.when will those bozos realize that the regular,experienced referees are as much a part of NFL football as the players are but paid a hell of a lot less money.

  52. hatesycophants says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    That bad call in no way makes up for the many officiating gifts the Packers have received over the past few seasons. Suck it.

    Also, Supply Side economics has never been successful as a national policy. Never.

  53. denverscott says: Sep 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    jacobslatter says: Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    Why would Lynch go to bed angry? Open letter to JL: You sir have a WAY distant orbit around the NFL & all their fungo mungo don’t try to insert yourself into the fray in any way dude it’s pathetic. You are on the outside looking in. Calm the eff down.

    He’s closer to the inside of the NFL than you were to your mom before you were born moron. How many NFL players or coaches or agents numbers are in YOUR cell phone? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Take your pathetic arse out of the room while the adults talk.

  54. denverscott says: Sep 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    wolley08 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    Par for the course….the NFL duped the media into thinking it had evidence re: bountygate and now has duped the media again on the replacement officials.

    This article isn’t about bounty gate tool. But since you mentioned it, signed affidavits from a member of the accused team won’t even satisfy you? No, because nothing will. America knows what spygate/bountygate deniers like you think so now you can stop typing and be off to your birthers meetings. We get it. If Vilma confessed today you’d deny it. We get it, move on.

  55. 9nersducksgiants says: Sep 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    How about somebody starts blaming the Refs also? Their hands aren’t completely clean either. I just blame the NFL for scrapping the bottom of the barrel, if they would have gotten even mediocre D-I and great D-II college Refs, there would be nothing to complain about.

  56. mrcogburn says: Sep 26, 2012 10:20 PM

    NEWSFLASH–the OWNERS OWN the NFL, not the players, who are EMPLOYEES of the OWNERS; nor the media, who also derive their livlihood from the businessof the OWNERS. The fact that anyone even KNOWS who the hell John Lynch is is due to the largesse of the OWNER of the Buccaneers. They EMPLOYED him. Now you can argue that they profited from his skill on the field, and you would be correct. But they no more OWED him anything then than they do now. He was COMPENSATED for his labor. SO get off your HOLIER-THAN-THOU bleacher, Lynch, and just CALL THE GAMES. We can do without your sanctimony. Personally, I have never found the NFL so entertaining as I have this season. Its so unpredictable, you can’t wait to see what happens next. And it’s particularly hilarious to watch these arrogant prima dona players pitch fits like ill-bred children when calls don’t break their way. It’s rich . . . just like millionaires calling the billionaires who made them millionaires “greedy.”

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