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NFL Has No Plans to Resolve Referee Lockout: Ready for Football Without Union Refs?

Fef 2012/09/04 21:32:04
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The NFL and its locked-out officials have no talks scheduled to resolve the labor dispute just two days before the football season begins. Fans can expect replacement officials on the field for Wednesday night's opener.

Chargers All-Pro safety Eric Weddle won't let the lack of union referees and officials ruin his football season. "We're going to play the games regardless," Weddle said Monday.

"Everyone makes mistakes. I make mistakes. It's just the way human nature is. You can't get hard on guys that are trying to do the best they can. You've just got to deal with it.

"Each week, each game, each practice, they'll get better, so it's not a concern of ours. Regardless, we've got to go out there and execute and take it out of their hands. Let's go out and play good football, execute at a high level and then they won't be in position to throw flags and make judgment calls."


MSN.FOXSPORTS.COM reports:
Two days before the NFL season kicks off, no talks are scheduled between the league and the locked-out on-field officials. NFL has no talks scheduled to resolve lockout of league referees

Read More: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/referee-lockout...

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  • Dan 2012/09/10 17:03:07
    Yes, I'm ready
    Dan
    All of the Ref’s the NFL is using have been trained in officiating football at the NCAA level. Where do you think the Ref’s that are striking came from? We all had to break into a new job somewhere. Let them earn their right to be a true NFL Ref’s.
  • Joey 2012/09/09 23:05:29
    No, wait for the refs
    Joey
    These replacement refs have done a really crappy job. The NFL is making money hand over foot .. give the refs what they asked for .
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/09/09 18:19:54
  • scurvison 2012/09/09 03:46:37
  • ..::localeye::.. 2012/09/07 19:06:59
    Yes, I'm ready
    ..::localeye::..
    The refs in the preseason were dreadful. The Cowboys/Giants game other then one blaring missed penalty was actually really well called. There will still be some serious issues come Sunday and the beginning of the regular season. If Thursday is any indication of how the players will take advantage of the refs it should be quite interesting. These refs will have a hard time with some hidden grabs and players will exploit that lack of "sneaky" knowledge.
  • wamcalif 2012/09/07 01:21:27
    Yes, I'm ready
    wamcalif
    Week One: So far, so good.
  • flrdsgns 2012/09/06 20:12:04
    No, wait for the refs
    flrdsgns
    sub standard refs are not the answer
  • us 2012/09/06 17:18:45
    Yes, I'm ready
    us
    what is labor disput about, more money, better healthcare. It the people or Union trying to get to much money, because there are people ready work, but union tell them to strike to get more money, throught year they where good, but they have gotten to greedy.
  • none 2012/09/06 17:13:11
    Yes, I'm ready
    none
    It'll be football as usual, I'm not concerned.
  • frank 2012/09/06 16:13:31
    Yes, I'm ready
    frank
    +1
    Now that we have non-union Referees making the calls means that if they start messing up they can get fired for cause.
  • FanOreilly 2012/09/06 15:17:38
    Yes, I'm ready
    FanOreilly
    +1
    Dirty 1 percenters making all the money while the union workers go hungry!
  • Jim in SC 2012/09/06 10:47:39
    Yes, I'm ready
    Jim in SC
    Let the games begin.
  • 1greatnana 2012/09/06 02:21:31
    No, wait for the refs
    1greatnana
    The NFL doesn't hesitate to give the players what they ask for; why not the officials?
  • Katfish 2012/09/05 22:01:22
    Yes, I'm ready
    Katfish
    The scabs have been improving.
  • Posha King 2012/09/05 20:01:48
    Yes, I'm ready
    Posha King
    +2
    Union free is the way for me. Bring in the regular refs with their equal skill, fewer political motivations and maybe some really well ref'd games. :)
  • 1greatnana Posha King 2012/09/06 02:15:04
    1greatnana
    +3
    :::pffffft:::
  • Posha King 1greatnana 2012/09/06 18:02:56
    Posha King
    I just see no need for unions. They increase pricing for everyone and provide no more skill or value for the money paid. There are enough laws to protect workers from discrimination and mistreatment, so unions are political organizations, not really benefiting workers anymore.
  • Divided... Posha King 2012/09/27 01:45:31
    Divided States of America
    Unions benifit all workers. The benifit is less than in the past,but it is still important. They have lost alot of power so less gets done.
  • Posha King Divided... 2014/05/28 18:59:22
    Posha King
    I don't see that the power is ever in the employee's favor. I have not been able to find anyone who can show me any actual ADVANTAGE to a union. They take from all employees, whether they want to or not, in most cases. They decide how to spend the money, including paying Union workers a salary to run the union. I have lived and worked in both Union and non-Union states. I never felt the union did anything for me that I could not do for myself. When I wanted a raise, if I felt I had earned it, I went and asked for it, citing the reasons I felt I had earned it. The only time I was ever denied a raise was when they said there was no budget for it. I'm not closed to the subject, I'm just currently sticking with my opinion until someone can provide info that would change it. :)
  • Superman 2012/09/05 18:27:44
    Yes, I'm ready
    Superman
    I was actually with the refs until I found out that they are refusing to budge and negotiate. From what I've read the NFL offered some increased terms, but the refs won't go anywhere without a pension program. A pension program for part time employees who make a pretty decent chunk of change for their work when other full time NFL employees don't have pensions.

    And with that I'm out. The regular refs sucked half the time anyway. New guys will be worse, but over time they will improve. And at least they have a built in excuse for sucking.
  • 1greatnana Superman 2012/09/06 02:16:08
    1greatnana
    +1
    The refs want to keep their pensions and the NFL says no. Mess with my pension and I'd be putting on the brakes, too.
  • Turings... 1greatnana 2012/09/06 16:54:41
    TuringsChild
    Look around. It's union pensions that are destroying our economy. Pensions have to come from old money that was earned by the beneficiary. Taking it from your kids leaves less food on their plates.
  • Divided... Turings... 2012/09/27 01:50:01
    Divided States of America
    Do you understand how economics works?
  • Turings... Divided... 2012/09/27 04:18:44
    TuringsChild
    Yes, but I can't educate you in a two minute communication. Believe what you like. You will anyway.
  • Divided... Turings... 2012/09/28 00:20:10
    Divided States of America
    Yes, I will believe what I know,unless someone with a masters degree in economics corrects me. Your kids will have a hard time finding work for several reasons. One of the reasons will be due to the fact that many people in the future will not be able to retire.
  • bob 2012/09/05 16:37:04
    Yes, I'm ready
    bob
    +1
    Unions Suck the life out of everything they touch and always lower the Quality and raise the cost get rid of the Union refs.
  • 1greatnana bob 2012/09/06 02:18:08
    1greatnana
    +1
    And you owe your 40 hour work weeks, time and a half for over time and worker protection to the labor movement--so 'splain where unions lower quality.
  • bob 1greatnana 2012/09/06 12:31:17
    bob
    +2
    there was time when they served the workers now they serve the leadership in the persuit of a socialist agenda. they don't give a rats ass about the worker just their dues.
  • Prime Time Lime 2012/09/05 15:17:56
    No, wait for the refs
    Prime Time Lime
    +1
    The teams make billions yet do not want to meet the demands of the people that are most important to the game.The teams should give in or not start the season at all.
  • jacktown kid 2012/09/05 15:01:48
    No, wait for the refs
    jacktown kid
    These referees are not ready for this with speed and quickness they are not for this the physical team will have the advantages in the first week of the season
  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/09/05 12:06:44
    No, wait for the refs
    Che Guevara - Hero
    +3
    If owners lock out the referees there shouldn't be a game played.
  • joe mauro 2012/09/05 04:12:59
    No, wait for the refs
    joe mauro
    +1
    it will be more corrupt then ever,watch betting lines rapidly move up and down the last hours before a given game,there will be a lot of speculation on these guys integrity ! remember you heard it here first!
  • Todd The Libertarian 2012/09/05 01:29:38
    Yes, I'm ready
    Todd The Libertarian
    +3
    Yes,I hope they bust the union!Then the Players union.The country would be better with no unions.
  • 1greatnana Todd Th... 2012/09/06 02:18:59
    1greatnana
    +2
    Ohhh, boy
  • Hawk 2012/09/05 01:24:10
    Yes, I'm ready
    Hawk
    +3
    Yep-bring it on!!!
  • Gregaj7 2012/09/05 00:34:50
    No, wait for the refs
    Gregaj7
    +3
    Are you ready for some games in which you will not be pleased?
  • clasact 2012/09/04 23:35:37
    Yes, I'm ready
    clasact
    +1
    The Refs should be full time with the amount of money and player safety that is a stake each week but let face it if you have been a ref before you know its not that hard to do and even the union refs have made some very big mistakes
  • kevracer 2012/09/04 23:01:27
    No, wait for the refs
    kevracer
    +2
    where is the players union solidarity?
  • Fef kevracer 2012/09/05 02:20:14
    Fef
    +2
    ha! The 1%ers who play in the NFL don't care about solidarity -- only their money.
  • kevracer Fef 2012/09/05 20:26:51
    kevracer
    +1
    and bitching after the game how the pretend refs cost them the game

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