As you no doubt have heard by now, the NFL has employed replacement referees this season while the regular referees are locked out. You can’t watch a football game now without someone like Jon Gruden or Phil Simms talk about how bad the new referees are. But does any football fan actually care? Is Roger Goodell right in saying that these officials are doing just fine? This is one of the few times that I will side with the Commissioner. The regular refs want more money, more job assignments, and a pension plan instead of a 401k plan. Remember that all the regular referees have other jobs. They are part-time NFL employees. They currently make about $149,000 per year. That’s a pretty good part-time job. Also, I don’t know about you, but I never had a part-time job with a pension. And I don’t think the NFL is crazy for wanting to create a performance based game assignment system (which the regular referees are against because apparently, they want to be able to have the same amount to work no matter how many blown calls they make).
If you happen to catch a football game or an episode of your favorite sports highlight show, you will be showered with reasons why the NFL needs the real officials back. Some of the most common reasons are: