Despite the hideous aftermath of Monday night's prime time NFL debacle in Seattle -- a 14-12 Seahawks victory over the Green Bay Packers marred by the most controversial and questionable decisions yet by a replacement officiating crew - there is no good news regarding negotiations between the NFL and representatives of the locked-out NFL Referees Association.
Both sides were locked in meetings at a Manhattan location for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told FOXSports.com, yet the NFL was holding firm on saying no to two issues that are key to the NFLRA side.
--Oversight. While the NFL referees group feels it does a credible job grading and assigning its officials based on performance, the NFL insists it must have more control regarding what happens to underperforming officials.
To that end, the NFL wants to have three seven-member officiating crews at the ready who could step in and replace officials it feels aren't making ...