“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.
“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.
Want to know what a company looks like when it fires all its experienced workers and hires on cheap replacements? Watch last night’s embarrassment of a game between Green Bay and Seattle. But this is about more than just a game. This is about a trend in our national economy where trained professionals are cast aside for inferior workers.
And you thought the commotion over the replacement referees was bad last week?
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.
To Craig, the whole mess is actually a positive, and it will be a chance for the crop of NFL officials to get younger — something he said the game desperately needs.