“Obviously when you go through something like this, it’s painful for everybody. Most importantly, it’s painful for fans,” said Goodell.
Football fans have much to celebrate now that the NFL and the referees’ association have announced labor peace. But Giants star Justin Tuck doesn’t think it’ll be smooth sailing in Week 4.
After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees’ union announced that a tentative agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.
While the two sides are far apart on many key issues, they were able to set up an agreement on the issue of backup officials, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com.
“I’m going to keep writing until someone writes me back,” shareholder Matt Fegarsky told CBSNewYork.com, “or until this gets resolved.”
Craig Carton has seen enough of the NFL’s replacement officials. He hasn’t seen enough of the league’s commissioner. And boy did he let Goodell know it.
It’s the song that just won’t go away and the story that’s not likely to go away any time soon.
With players still seething, fans pondering the possibility of turning off their TVs and even the President weighing in, it’s official: Overnight, the NFL’s replacement refs went from minor nuisance to staggering problem.
Like many football fans, New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney has seen enough of the NFL’s replacement officials.
And you thought the commotion over the replacement referees was bad last week?
Bill Belichick chased after and made contact with a replacement official after the Patriots’ Sunday night loss.
Poor behavior toward replacement refs won’t be tolerated by the NFL.
This is just the beginning. There are a lot of plays that officials seem to get wrong, but the bigger problems are the calls they miss and the lack of professionalism.
Week 1 wasn’t so bad for the NFL’s replacement officials. Week 2? Now that’s a different story.
Coaches and players around the league are losing patience and speaking out against the fill-in officials following a slew of questionable calls in the games Sunday and Monday night.