NFL to start season with scabs officiating

While the coverage of this issue all uses the term “replacements” there is no question that the officials working for the first week of the NFL are scabs.  The league’s negotiations with the NFL Referees Association have broken down and the officials are locked out.

NFL to use replacement refs from ESPN Aug. 29, 2012

Replacements will be on the field beginning next Wednesday night when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants to open the season, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams. Negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials’ union.

The NFL Referees Association was locked out in early June and talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have gone nowhere. Replacements have been used throughout the preseason, with mixed results.

While many are quick to point out that the refs should be happy making six-figures for part-time work, that argument neglects to note that money not paid to the officials simply ends up in the leagues pockets.  While the figures are higher than for a wage dispute at a factory, mine, or business, the concept is the same.  The people who go out and do the work that generates the revenue should be well compensated for their labor.

You know what would be awesome?  The Players Association standing with the union brothers and refusing to take the field.



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