I'm not a big football fan,(I do watch some games with hubby and watch the Tennessee Titans) but the uproar over the replacement referees and their apparent large number of bad calls seems to be all over the news. It appears that at least one replacement crew previously officiated for the Lingerie League, but were so bad they were fired. The Lingerie League folks.
"Due to several on-field occurrences of incompetent officiating, we chose to part ways with a crew which apparently is now officiating in the NFL," Lingerie League commissioner Mitch Mortaza said in a statement. "We have a lot of respect for our officials, but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.”
Mortaza, a lifelong Washington Redskins fan, said the poor officiating is compromising the integrity of the league and if he were the NFL commissioner he’d hold a meeting with the owners to bring the union officials back into action.
"There are just too many instances where their incompetence has been on display," he said. "Someone’s going to get hurt."
At the same time, several lawmakers were chiming in, notably Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who both hail from the home state of the Green Bay Packers, who lost Monday night on a disputed, last-second call. (Fox News)
What's the big deal? What is keeping the official referees off the field? Why are they striking?
The NFL employs 121 full-time referees, who reportedly make an average of $149,000 a year for their Sunday afternoon services. Most have other full-time jobs. The two main stumbling blocks in the labor dispute are retirement benefits and the NFL team owners' desire to impose new accountability standards on the referees.
On the retirement issue, refs currently have a guaranteed pension that the owners would like to convert to a market-vulnerable 401(k) plan. The owners are seeking new accountability by gaining the ability to pull poorly-performing refs and replace them from what would be a new pool of backup referees. Although this would expand the number of referee jobs, the officials are against it.
The NFL situation was the headline on Dudge this morning:
REPORT: Players Consider Strike, Taking Knee On Every Play...
Obama makes time to weigh in on drama...
FOOTBALL FOLLIES: Furor grows over more blown calls...
REPORT: Call cost bettors $1 billion!
What say you on the subject? Some of you hard core football fans fill me in on this.