NFL must reach agreement with refs soon

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: September 21, 2012 - 2:59 PM

The league wrongly thought it could rely on less-experienced officials who normally work small college football games.

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vlombardySep. 21, 12 3:42 PM

The NFL and referees are 4 million apart, which amounts to 1/20th of 1% of the 9 billion dollars of annual revenue the NFL collects. So Goodell is o.k. with making the integrity of the game a joke in order to save 1 penny of every 20 dollars in NFL revenue. The greed of those with lots of money has no limits.

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pwcgoldfishSep. 21, 12 3:43 PM

There is no reason for the NFL to reach an agreement. As long as the replacement refs are not biased to one particular team both teams are using the same refs on the field. Remember last year you sitting on the couch yelling at your TV because the official missed a call or made a bad call? Enough said, the refs are gready and should continue to be locked out.

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duecedueceSep. 21, 12 4:18 PM

Remember those no calls/blown calls in the 2009 NFC championship game? Yea, those were the best refs too.

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helmetboxerSep. 21, 12 4:33 PM

This has gotten blown out of proportion. The replacement refs now have two NFL games worth of experience. Many of the calls they make are the same as the regular referees would have made. All will make mistakes, as the other referees have shown in the past. Plenty of blown calls every season. Saints - Vikes 2009 anyone? Admitted head hunting in that game and the officials wanted to let them play it out.

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mred58Sep. 21, 12 4:45 PM

why must they reach a agreement with the refs.its their ball,their teams,and they have the money.they can do what ever they want even miss manage,

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cmssogSep. 21, 12 4:52 PM

It is almost like the media has some stake in getting this lockout settled. I watched last night's game (NYG vs CAR) and can honestly say those refs did as good of a job as the "real" refs ever would have done. Yes, Monday night's game was bad, but guess what? So was the New Orleans-Vikings NFC Championship Game. That was the worst-officiated game I have ever seen. The fact of the matter is that these replacement refs will get better with experience.

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hrearden57Sep. 21, 12 4:55 PM

Sorry. This is not a bad thing for the NFL.

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stanbobSep. 21, 12 5:12 PM

"blown calls, angry players, livid coaches and ridicule from fans and the media." And the difference is?

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nativeson10Sep. 21, 12 5:19 PM

Surprised the NFL didn't ask owners to force the public to subsidize a pension fund for the referees.

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pumiceSep. 21, 12 5:46 PM

Why am I not surprised that the regular suspects are cheering for scabs and against unionized workers?

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