ESPN has reported that the lockout -- and use of replacement referees -- could end for Sunday's games.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The NFL's use of replacement referees -- and the controversy that it has created in just three weeks of the 2012 season -- could end soon. ESPN has reported that talks progressed enough Tuesday that regular officials could be back in time for games of Sunday (Sept. 30). An agreement in principle is at hand, according to one source familiar with the talks. The NFL Referees Association reportedly says its 121 referees have been trained on the new rules implemented last season, and have passed physicals or are prepared to pass physicals immediately. The league's use of replacement referees has caused many to question the league's integrity. The furor peaked in Monday night's Green Bay-Seattle game, in which Seattle was awarded a game-winning …
Again, controversy surrounds the NFL's use of replacement referees. Share your thoughts.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
For the second straight week, NFL replacement referees have figured in highly publicized disputed plays. And on Monday night (Sept. 24), the substitute officials directly figured in a game-deciding play. According to many media reports, the Seattle Seahawks were awarded a last-second touchdown on a bizarre Hail Mary play on which Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings appeared to come down with an interception that was later deemed to be a Golden Tate game-winning reception. The score eventually gave Seattle a 14-12 victory. "That was two of the worst calls at the end of a football game that I can remember," commentator Jon Gruden said on ESPN, which televised the game nationally. "I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s …