View Full Version : NFL replacements on the way...Officials that is
06-05-2012, 10:38 AM
If you thought The Replacements was a good movie, actually I did, then you're in luck because we might see a similar situation unfolding in regards to the NFL officials this season.
NFL statement on negotiations with NFL Referees Association:
“Negotiations with the NFL Referees Association on a new collective bargaining agreement remain unresolved and the previous CBA has expired. Therefore, in order to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season we will proceed immediately with the hiring and training of replacement officials.
“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.
“Another negotiating session took place Sunday under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. We appreciate the efforts of the FMCS and will continue to be available to the NFLRA and the FMCS to negotiate a fair resolution. We have great respect for our officials and in keeping with that view have made a proposal that includes substantial increases in compensation for all game officials.”
The NFL negotiating team is led by Jeff Pash and Ray Anderson.
The previous agreement was for six years (2006-2011).
Negotiations on a new CBA began last October.
Regional training sessions for replacement officials will begin later this month.
06-05-2012, 12:15 PM
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.
06-05-2012, 12:47 PM
This has to be a concern for everyone, these NFL may drive us nuts the majority of the time but they've been at it for decades. They know the NFL in and out. You start putting in temporary guys and just imagine what may or may not get called.
The only silver lining, should this all go down with the replacements, is that they may be somewhat less quick to pull the trigger on a potential foul because they don't have as many preconceived notions about particular players. I don't necessarily buy that argument but one could use it and debate.
06-06-2012, 08:21 AM
NEW YORK -- The NFL Referees Association is disputing a claim by the league that the officials threatened to take a strike vote after their contract expired.
Mike Arnold, counsel for the officials, says Tuesday that claim is "patently false."
"The NFLRA has never threatened to strike," Arnold said. "After repeated references by the NFL during negotiations regarding its plans to obtain replacement officials, the NFLRA briefed its members at its annual meeting on April 21, 2012. No strike vote was taken at the meeting.
"In fact the NFLRA's directive to its membership was to prepare for the season and to perform each and every task assigned to them both before and after CBA expiration. This continues to be the position of the NFLRA."
The collective bargaining agreement ended after the 2011 season. The sides had been meeting since October, but mediation lasted only two sessions and talks broke off Sunday.
On Monday, the league said it will begin hiring and training replacement officials.
The officials say that the NFL offered salary increases lower than those obtained in the 2006 agreement.
"They heard about the increases that team and league employees receive, far less than the increases we proposed for the game officials, even without considering the improved offer made on Sunday," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "Do the officials get the same kind of raises in their other jobs as they did in 2006?"
Game officials -- most of whom hold other jobs -- were offered a seven-year deal that included increases of between 5 percent and 11 percent in wages per year. First-year officials who made an average of $78,000 in 2011 would earn more than $165,000 by the end of the new agreement. A 10-year veteran in 2011 who made $139,000 would get more than $200,000 in 2018.
Arnold also says the league intends to freeze and terminate the officials' pension plan, which began in 1974 and has been administered by the league since.
"The league's proposal is a massive takeaway in the overall economic package at play in the negotiations," Arnold said. "Now, despite record revenues, the NFL wants to do away with the plan."
Aiello countered that the NFL offered a transition from the defined benefit plan in which the officials would retain all the benefits they currently have."However, the NFL rejected the proposal and as recently as the June 3, 2012, session reiterated it is not interested in the grandfather concept," Arnold added.
"We offered to contribute $16,500 per official in 2012 and increase that amount to almost $23,000 by 2018," he said. "We showed them projections ... indicating that they would have a larger retirement benefit under our proposal than under the old defined benefit plan."
Aiello said the plan being offered is the same that everyone working at the NFL office and that many of the 32 teams have.
08-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Just to keep everyone informed on the latest... (http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/goodell-fine-with-replacement-officials-647306/#ixzz22Olk5932)
With no end in sight to the labor dispute between the NFL and its officials, commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he is comfortable with the idea of using replacement officials in preseason games.
Goodell said he doesn't think using officials with less experience will pose a safety risk to players.
"That's why we've been training them for the last two months and why they're on the field now, is to make sure they're prepared, they understand the rules," Goodell said at a visit to Green Bay's training camp in Wisconsin.
Replacement officials were on the field at practice Wednesday and are expected to stay in Green Bay through Friday for a "Family Night" scrimmage. The Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints is Sunday in Canton, Ohio.
Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out in June after talks broke down.
"We are in discussions with them," Goodell said. "We've had discussions recently. Hopefully we'll have more discussions with them in the near future. But as you can see, we're preparing for the season and we will have officials on the field. We hope that the officials from last season will be on the field again this year but to date, we haven't been able to get an agreement that makes sense for both parties."
08-02-2012, 10:47 AM
I thought replacement might work out fine until I saw then leave Rogers office with a picture of James Harrison and a box of yellow flags
Really Things should be ok most if not all have experience at some level.
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