From: United Federation of Planets
ORIGINAL: Lynn G.
NEW YORK - The NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not yet completed with the NFL Referees Association.
Talks between the league and the officials broke down after two mediation sessions. The two sides had been negotiating since October and have said they expect a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the upcoming season.
But that optimism has disappeared.
A session was held Sunday under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the NFLRA said the league "terminated negotiations" on Monday.
The league said that regional training sessions for replacement officials would begin this month "to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season."
"Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games," the league said in a statement.
I wouldn't mind if they tossed the whole bunch of current refs and give the jobs to people who call the games fairly.
We will never see an evenly officiated game. Never. And I believe that good teams overcome bad refereeing...I also believe that the NFL actually instructs them to favor one team over another frequently. The NFL wants certain teams to succeed. It's good for business. So they tell the refs to be a little lax on calling one team while a bit more stingent on the other team.
It's either that or the refs are a bunch of wusses afraid of Green Bay Packer fans.
I wish it was as easy to stop hating, as it was to start - Cmdr Chakotay - Star Trek: Voyager