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SBD/August 7, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Players Mocked Replacement Refs During HOF Game After Repeated Errors
Published August 7, 2012
NOT A BIG DEAL: In Detroit, Carlos Monarrez notes replacement refs have “officiated Lions practices, and most players have said they haven't noticed much of a difference.” Lions C Dominic Raiola said, "I think they've been fine. ... I think they've been doing a good job" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/7). ESPN's Adam Schefter reported people around the league "believe the NFL is fully prepared to use replacement officials for the first couple of weeks of the preseason … before we really sit down and get serious about a new deal at that point in time between the two sides” (“NFL 32,” ESPN2, 8/6).
LADY AT THE LINE: The AP reported college ref Shannon Eastin “will become the first female to officiate an NFL game when she works as a line judge” for the Packers-Chargers preseason game Thursday night. Eastin has “worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference" and comes with "16 years of experience” (AP, 8/6). ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert wrote this is “an important moment, and Eastin's assignment will generate relevant discussion on a number of levels.” Seifert: “Hopefully there were no barriers for qualified women to reach the top of the football officiating ladder, but if there were, you would hope that Eastin's accomplishment would negate them.” There is no “list of every replacement candidate, but reportedly, most of them have come from the Arena Football League and lower-level college conferences.” Their performance “will provide leverage to one of the sides in this contract dispute” (ESPN.com, 8/6).