The four hour games, blown calls, constant fighting, and coaches berating replacement officials may have come to an end as the NFL and referees have reached an agreement in principle according to ESPNs Chris Mortensen. Though the final details are still being hammered out between the referees and the desperate NFL. The scrutiny over the officiating has reached unprecedented heights after back to back officiating debacles on Sunday and Monday night. The officials incorrectly awarded the Seattle Seahawks a simultaneous catch for a touchdown that allowed them to topple the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in a circus of a finish.
The referees may not have got everything they wanted in this deal, but due to the outrage over replacement officials the time to strike a deal was now. The NFL owners desire to break this referee union had to weaken after nearly every media outlet was running stories on the replacement officials inadequacies. Congratulations to the referees for not allowing the NFL to break their resolve and force them to accept a bad deal. Though the games are about the players, good officiating allows the focus to remain on the players.
The replacement officials did their best, but they were clearly overwhelmed by the bright lights of the NFL. An official made a comment to Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy that he needed a big game for his fantasy team. A testament to the fact that these officials were clearly in awe of the NFL superstars.
Though the agreement is not official the replacement official farce could be over as quickly as this Sunday.
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