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.

31 responses to “League pays replacements $344,000 to not work

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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???

  6. 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.
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    Fired? Permanent layoff really, and you do get paid what’s the equivalent under those circumstances.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.
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    Apparently you don’t understand how negotiations work.

  13. 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…

  14. 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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