The NFL has begun hiring and training replacement officials for the 2012-13 season, as it has yet to reach an agreement with contract talks for its current referees. Will the league's quality take a hit?
beefcake413: "Trying to officiate the game at the speed at which it runs nowadays is not an easy task and to claim they have no right to fair compensation is just ludicrous."
mathias2020: "pay the men. Those complaining don't realize how much worse it will be with replacements. At that maybe we should look at making refs full time employees who can actually make play calling there full time job."
chieftech714: "This could be a problem. I think that the refs are an important part of the game. Getting the call right is the difference between wining and losing. There has to be an area to compromise in."
BeastMan05: "refs have waaaay less leverage than the players did in negotiating with the NFL. Specifically, no one really cares about the refs, no one pays to watch them. They could all quit right now and the league would still be open for business tomorrow. "
TheWyseWon: "If they told nobody the officials were replacments and you trained them from now until the start of the season, I doubt anyone would know the difference unless the improvement was such they noticed."
Sports Expert 2.2: "I tried to get an application. I'm a fantastic ref in front of my tv."