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League pays replacements $344,000 to not work

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The resolution of football’s latest lockout has plenty of footnotes.  The latest comes from Peter King, who’ll be using both feet on Saturday to run a half marathon.  (You can contribute to the cause Peter is supporting — the Steve Gleason Initiative Foundation.)

Per King, the NFL will pay the replacements referees a whopping $344,000 to not work this weekend.

Given that the labor dispute with the regular officials didn’t end until late Wednesday, with a crew of Foot Locker employees presumably already in Baltimore for Thursday night’s game, those folks deserved to be paid.  And then it became fair to pay the rest of them.

The final-week buyout of the replacements pales in comparison to the $2.5 million the locked-out officials received for lost wages from the preseason through the first three weeks of the regular season.

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31 Responses to “League pays replacements $344,000 to not work”
  1. shadowman1433 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:32 AM

    It is the best money the NFL ever spent. Hey fake refs you suck so bad we are paying younot to work.

  2. mgmac says: Sep 29, 2012 7:32 AM

    best money the League has spent

  3. witrapper says: Sep 29, 2012 7:32 AM

    Worth every penny

  4. kotapug1 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:40 AM

    They should of not received 1 dime for there lost wages. They went on strike so give them there $10 like they give others on picket lines.The pay that the entire NFL gets is ridiculous and people wonder why tickets cost so much.

  5. ajchargers says: Sep 29, 2012 7:42 AM

    I understand that they need to be paid because they have families to support… But damn… Where was this money when the Refs were “locked out”?

  6. witrapper says: Sep 29, 2012 7:48 AM

    Money well spent.

  7. patriots123456 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:58 AM

    Looks like the brilliant owners got porked by both sides.

  8. jayzus says: Sep 29, 2012 9:08 AM

    Seems like a bargain to not have those clowns out there blowing calls.

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    It’s $344,000 split 112 ways…sounds fair.

  10. clayjayhawk says: Sep 29, 2012 9:53 AM

    Not to mention the fact that they will all be receiving disabilty checks from the gov. Every one of them as clearly proven on national television that they are either mildly retarted, blind, or incompitent.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    They are already back working HS and college games. What a rip! When your fired you don’t continue to be paid.

  12. theashleyguy says: Sep 29, 2012 10:21 AM

    How do you get lost wages when you go on strike? I respect their right to strike. It is a powerful weapon and it worked for them. But why should the NFL then pay them for that time?

  13. jpb12 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:23 AM

    They weren’t working last week and got paid.
    What’s the diff?

  14. marko959 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    Ah, the new American way: reward incompetence. It should have come out of Goodell’s salary.

  15. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Sep 29, 2012 10:28 AM

    To bad the $344,000 isn’t coming out of Pinocchio Goodell’s pocket in the form of a fine for conduct detrimental to the league for backing the replacement zebra’s…….

    When do we get to have a Replacement NFL Commissioner???

  16. reprob8 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:30 AM

    This whole lockout fiasco is the best example of the NFL being penny wise and pound foolish.

  17. easyeddie says: Sep 29, 2012 10:53 AM

    thefiesty1 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    They are already back working HS and college games. What a rip! When your fired you don’t continue to be paid.
    ———————————————
    Fired? Permanent layoff really, and you do get paid what’s the equivalent under those circumstances.

  18. mksnpcola says: Sep 29, 2012 10:53 AM

    I am not calling an NFL game this weekend either. Can I get a check?

  19. gmsingh says: Sep 29, 2012 10:59 AM

    A bargain at twice the price.

  20. Punk says: Sep 29, 2012 11:07 AM

    you get lost wages when you win the strike. We’ll come back but only under these conditions…

    NFL players don’t have to pay back most or all of their NFL fine for sitting out of training camp when they hold out. Because they negotiate that into the contract when they return.

    And to the guy who says you don’t get paid when you get fired. You do when you are salaried. Unless you are getting fired for something completely egregious like stealing … you get a severance package.

    Plus, these guys weren’t fired no matter how badly we wanted them fired.

  21. bsizemore68 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:34 AM

    The real refs were not on strike, they were lock out by the league, they would have gone on strike only if they needed to, that didn’t happen because they knew that the league would at some point reach a settlement with them. Bill p.s. A lock out is what the company can do to get you off the property, a strike is what the union can do by with holding there work, both are legal issues that both sides can use.

  22. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 29, 2012 11:37 AM

    I will miss the replacement refs.

    They were exciting because they brought an element of uncertainty to the game. You never knew what was going to happen.

  23. ddogdaddy says: Sep 29, 2012 11:40 AM

    I am so tired of listening to the people who complained about the replacement ref’s and then come back with “the regular ones aren’t any good either”. Do you really think there are better ones some where else? Do you think there is an unlimited supply of awesome ref’s just waiting for a chance to get to the big league? Maybe you and your buddies can do a better job? Probably not. Get over it and get used to it. These are the NFL officials we have. Now lets play some football.

  24. sixtysfool says: Sep 29, 2012 11:43 AM

    Remember that these officials did NOT go on strike but they were locked out by the NFL. Management created this mess by locking these guys out and they should have to pay them for what they lost. Hats off to you officials for seeing this through.

  25. sundayisthebestday says: Sep 29, 2012 12:05 PM

    The refs did not strike; they were locked out. Big difference. Why do so many people think they were striking?

  26. mazblast says: Sep 29, 2012 12:52 PM

    Why do so many people think they were striking?
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    1. Some people don’t know the difference between a strike and a lockout.
    2. Some media types don’t know the difference and write/talk accordingly. Let’s just say the league did not stop them.
    3. Some people are against unions in all labor-management disputes.

  27. sschmiggles says: Sep 29, 2012 1:35 PM

    kotapug1 says:
    Sep 29, 2012 7:40 AM
    They should of not received 1 dime for there lost wages. They went on strike so give them there $10 like they give others on picket lines.The pay that the entire NFL gets is ridiculous and people wonder why tickets cost so much.
    _________________________

    Apparently you don’t understand how negotiations work.

  28. 49ersgiants4life says: Sep 29, 2012 2:00 PM

    That doesn’t pale in comparison to the real refs 344,000 times 7 is 2.4 million and the real refs got 2.5 for the 7 weeks they missed

  29. ytownjoe says: Sep 29, 2012 8:29 PM

    Money to burn. Wow!
    Congrats to the NFL refs. You got a nice win.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 29, 2012 8:40 PM

    People accepting money to do little or nothing is the American Way. That’s the reason cell phones were invented: To give the lame and lazy something to do throughout their workday…

  31. Punk says: Sep 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    Could it be that so many don’t care about the difference between a strike and a lock out is that there is not a big difference?

    In fact pretty much the only person who believes there is a big difference is your union rep.

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