As we can finally wave goodbye to the atrocious NFL replacement referee’s we must pause for a moment and realize how much control the owners have over the media covering the sport. During the preseason and three weeks of regular season they were completely aware of the fact they were sub par. But, in the back of their minds knew eventually a deal would get done. During that time they had requested that media members covering the NFL take it easy on criticizing them. This was extremely obvious to anyone who paid attention to the way most color analysts have been speaking during the games.
Better yet is the concrete evidence provided today by John Lynch who had this to say on the matter:
“I know Week 1 the league I think kind of duped every network in calling us and said ‘we’re close to a deal, so have your guys go easy.’ So that was kind of the edict from up top: go easy on these guys,” Lynch said during an appearance on.”
“[The league wasn't] telling us not to say anything, but be careful because a deal was close. And then they duped us like everybody else. So the next week it was take the gloves off, say whatever you want — and we have.”
Just another example which proves how much of an absolute farce the entire replacement referee situation became. Without a shadow of a doubt the MNF debacle impacted the instant sense of urgency and speed in getting a deal done today. The owners are cheap ***** and will do anything to make the most amount of profit without giving back anything to the employees who are part of the process which helps them generate over $2.4 billion dollars.
The game was such an embarrassment on a national stage that they couldn’t handle any more pressure from the public that they were forced to make this deal ASAP. If the game did turn out the way it should have you better believe the real refs would be back in action this weekend. They would continue flexing their muscles waiting until a disaster happened, pushing boundaries to see what they can get away with.
That is why it’s such nerve to try and put a muzzle on broadcasters who could possibly expose the flaws with the replacement refs. Because it’s the owners fault for being cheap in the first place. If you didn’t want them speaking out in the first place do NOT allow it to get to this point. You had the control to pay the refs what they wanted and put them back on the field before the beginning of week 4.
Furthermore, to tell them they are close when they were really not is another pathetic attempt and trying to “dupe” them as Lynch said. Stop LYING, making it seem like it was not a big deal and roping them in thinking that it would have happened sooner. You can’t expect those who are paid to comment on the sport to remain silent on such a prevalent issue just to protect your league’s image.