With as much noise as has been made in the 48 hours, we find the situation at a stalemate….
The veteran Referee’s are still locked out of their jobs….
The Owners DO NOT want to give the Refs a pension plan and they want to be able to get rid of Refs they feel are under performing…..(like a LOT of the guys working the games now)
As I said here a couple of times….
The Ref’s are the LEAST paid players on the field…..
The work the ENTIRE game…..
No NFL player at anytime does so….
While the Ref’s DO have other jobs….
So does EVERYONE ELSE that goes to a Pro Football Game….
The Owners are multi-Millionaires…
This is of the owners and NFL management’s own making…
And they need to get this settled even if they have to pay some sort of pension to the Refs who tend to be older than the players on the field and don’t have the ability to supplement their income with other football related things….
Before someone REALLY get hurt….
The replacement embarrassment — games policed by underqualified officials who have served in an emergency role — reached its zenith Monday night when a blown call, by the league’s own carefully worded admission, cost the Green Bay Packers a victory against the Seattle Seahawks on national television.
The increasing upset on Tuesday — among fans, players and coaches — grew to include President Obama, who called the outcome of Monday’s game “terrible.”
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in an ESPN radio appearance Tuesday, “The game is being tarnished by an N.F.L. who obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished.”
Those close to Goodell say he is concerned about the mistakes being made game after game. While Goodell is the most powerful commissioner in American sports, he is ultimately answerable to the owners of 32 teams. And as much as Monday’s game would seem to have put a spotlight on the need for a settlement — the sides negotiated on Tuesday, as they had for the past several days — it might actually have complicated matters for Goodell, who is personally involved in the talks.
Even some owners acknowledge that Goodell is in the difficult position of balancing the interests of his constituents. The league that Goodell came up in, working for the commissioners Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue and many owners who had been in place well before the league boomed, is now populated by a disparate group of businessmen. Some of them have had their teams in their families for generations. Others are self-made successes in other fields. Many of them, regardless of background, are used to taking tough positions and not capitulating. They are very used to getting what they want, and they do not like being pushed around.
But the officials’ union says it would cost the N.F.L. just $3.2 million annually if the league met all of the demands, a tiny fraction of the N.F.L.’s $9 billion in annual revenue.