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NFL's Clinic For Replacement Refs An Indicator Lockout Will Continue Into Regular Season
Published August 15, 2012
WHERE THE DIFFERENCE LIES: CBSSPORTS.com’s Mike Freeman cited a member of the negotiating team of NFLRA, representing the locked-out refs, as saying that officials “would be happy to work full-time -- if they were paid like officials from Major League Baseball.” The statement was made “in response to an ESPN report that the NFL is prepared to enter the regular season with replacement officials.” The NFLRA “maintains no such discussion has taken place with them.” The official said that the “main hangup … is over economics, not more officials or full-time officials.” The difference in money is “what has brought the negotiations to a total standstill.” The official said, "Frankly, we are focused on getting a fair deal and getting back on the field by the third week of the pre-season -- not the third week of the regular season” (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/14). SI.com’s Peter King wrote the replacement officials are “in a tough spot, but they chose to put themselves in that spot.” King: “They, in effect, crossed a picket line in a nationally televised spotlight, and when one of them spots a punt at the 4-yard line and calls it a touchback -- I'm sorry, he's going to get skewered” (SI.com, 8/14).