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Goodell Frustrated By TWC In Carriage Battle, Pleased By Replacement Refs' Effort
Published September 7, 2012
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PRAISING REPLACEMENT REFS: Goodell during the conference praised the work of the replacement officials during the Cowboys-Giants opener Wednesday. He said that the league is “prepared to go indefinitely without a labor deal with the group.” He said the “current gap between the league and referees” is about $50M-70M. Goodell said, "I think our officials did a more than adequate job (Wednesday), and I think we've proven that we can train them and get them up to NFL standards." He added, "I think we were dealing from a position of strength from the get-go. We did this 11 years ago. The game does not stop."