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NFL on hiring replacement officials

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2012 – 10:53 am

The NFL released a statement today (Monday) on their next course of action after failed Sunday negotiations with the NFL Referees Association failed to make any progress on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The statement read in part as follows.

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.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL  will not recruit officials from the BCS in college and will apparently seek elite retired college officials, small college conference officials and possibly even Arena League officials as replacements for the 2012 season, unless the impasse can be broken.


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