With the NFL now saying that replacement referees will at least work the first week of the regular season if not longer, the impasse between the league and its’ locked out officials has taken its most serious and absurdly unnecessary turn.
I’m still trying to figure out what is the point of the NFL taking such a hardline against its referees. What is the league trying to prove? The referees have the most critical front line role in enforcing the rules and integrity of the sport, as well as ensuring players’ safety on the field.
The job the replacement referees have done during this preseason has been uneven at best. Many of the replacement referees are still unfamiliar with the nuances and differences between the leagues they’ve formerly worked and the NFL, as well as the speed of the game itself. Which has resulted in numerous missed calls and general indecision.
From where I sit it seems the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, would rather devalue the sport than reach a deal, ...