With all kinds of events happening this week, whether we’re talking about the annual gathering of world leaders for the opening of the UN General Assembly or the scandal that President Obama’s administration knew within the first 24 hours that al-Qa’ida was behind the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, one of the most-watched stories was whether the NFL could reach agreement with the referees on a new collective bargaining agreement.

According to CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman, a deal is imminent:

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reported earlier on Wednesday that the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) agreed on a mentoring/training program that would create a larger pool of potential referees to replace struggling guys on the field.

Hopefully, they’ll get this resolved before supper tonight. The ‘replacement’ refs were terrible. This weekend, two high profile games, the Sunday night tilt between Baltimore and the Patriots and the Monday night tilt between Green Bay and Seattle, were wrongly decided.

It was so bad that Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton wrote this scathing op-ed in the WSJ.

Thankfully, it appears as though our brief, but altogether too long, National Football League nightmare will be over.

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2 Responses to “Is the NFLRA strike over?”

  • eric z says:

    It looks as if the regular mistake makers will be back, and that means twice as long peeping at the replay monitor. Why not a booth review, as in college? Quicker, as good, probably better since the booth people are replay experts. The ref can request ball spotting and clock management help, but make the booth official the only review authority.

    On that catch by the Seattle receiver, it looked as if the Packer back got first hands on the ball but when the play was dead in the endzone with both players down, it was a joint possession. And the defensive back did not have control even with the first touch, until both possessed it, the offense getting a completion based on mutual possession. First hands on the ball is different from establishing possession and then having an opposing player grab on. There never was Packer established possession prior to joint possession.

    In comparison to player pay, and owner cash flows, the officials were getting a pittance, and they had a right to collectively seek a good deal. The season is still only started and it will be interesting to see if more holding and pass interference will be called by the returning refs. It seemed the players were seeing they could get away with more, and acting accordingly. And offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties only cause the two players involved to behave better for the rest of the game to avoid being thrown out. The remainder of the players see, offsetting means go ahead, get chippy.

    Gary, do you see any changes that way? On the calls, on the chippiness after the whistle?

    And what was wrong with the Patriots Ravens game? The one coach pulled the call a timeout, got it and a miss that did not count was corrected. Bad coaching, this “Ice the kicker,” so it was a just result to perhaps quell that. Or am I thinking of one of the other games?

    What about Detroit even getting into overtime? They could have called a Detroit penalty on that last play of regulation, but allowed a tie.

  • walter hanson says:


    Your commentary clearly shows that you don’t see the same things that everyone else sees.

    The Seattle defender clearly got his hands on the ball first and had it all the time. I guess you think like that ref (who by the way thinks he did nothing wrong).

    And how did you miss the Viking game where the refs gave SF a free time out and two free challenges!

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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