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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...



    Quote Originally Posted by TheJoeFlaccoShow View Post
    Could you go into detail about what exactly the "cheap ass owners" are offering the refs?
    Here is a handy site which can help you do some solid research on the subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    If everyone gets shitty refs, where's the unfairness?
    It's not about being unfair, it's about creating imbalance. Overall things may even out over the course of the year in terms of missed calls for each team. The problem is, some teams could have one or two games swung by those missed calls, which completely changes the complexion of the season.

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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    I agree that these replacement refs are horrible, but I also don't think that the regular refs deserve a raise especially after the last two horrible seasons that they had. That's a win win situation...get full time pay for half a years worth of work, do a bad job at it and still bitch for a raise and more benifits.
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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    Quote Originally Posted by steelerhater View Post
    Flacco wasn't one of the chosen few of the regular refs, so they may not've called it either. I wonder if the replacement refs will treat Brady like the regular ones, by not allowing anyone to get close.
    Replacement refs will penalize all contact with Tom Brady, and even help pick up blitzes when necessary to achieve the NFL's Prime Directive.




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    The preseason is about avoiding injury, so TE would be the main concern right now,
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  5. #29

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    Just was watching Monday Night Countdown and Mort had a couple of interesting things about the stalemate regarding the officials.

    1. NFL is adamant they want to make the refs full time, ref union is refusing.

    2. NFL also wants the ability to remove low performing officials from crews, of course ref union is refusing.

    Now on the first one, most of these refs have lucrative jobs outside of the NFL (compared to what they make for calling games, although if you break it down by hour it is about $1,000 an hour average). So they are resisting I'm guessing for that reason.

    On the second one, obviously that is more of a protection tactic that most unions use for any employees no matter what the field. They want to hide any bad employees, and have no repercussions for poor performance. In their delusional minds no employee should ever be disciplined, reprimanded or demoted for anything.




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    Come on man featured mostly officiating blunders too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJoeFlaccoShow View Post
    Just was watching Monday Night Countdown and Mort had a couple of interesting things about the stalemate regarding the officials.

    1. NFL is adamant they want to make the refs full time, ref union is refusing.

    2. NFL also wants the ability to remove low performing officials from crews, of course ref union is refusing.

    Now on the first one, most of these refs have lucrative jobs outside of the NFL (compared to what they make for calling games, although if you break it down by hour it is about $1,000 an hour average). So they are resisting I'm guessing for that reason.

    On the second one, obviously that is more of a protection tactic that most unions use for any employees no matter what the field. They want to hide any bad employees, and have no repercussions for poor performance. In their delusional minds no employee should ever be disciplined, reprimanded or demoted for anything.
    I totally agree with number one above, lets make the refs full time. With that said there is a "huge" problem here. NFL Refs, depending on their seniority, make anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000 for a sixteen game season. Not bad money (more than many people make with a full time job) but for these guys I am sure it is no more than supplemental income and they referee because they enjoy it and the "respect and prestige" that comes from their peers within their full time realm of work from being an NFL ref. Most of these guys are lawyers, accountants, small business owners, or have other high paying jobs.
    To compare, I did some research on other sports (data from 2009 seasons) and the average pay by sport for referees was:
    NBA: 128,000 a year
    NHL: 138,000 a year
    MLB: 141,000 a year
    In my opinion, the current NFL refs will accept no where near these salaries for working full time as the other sports (although they are working way less games). Back to the point, most of these guys have very high paying jobs outside of the NFL. If a referee is a lawyer, as many are, and are making $750,000 a year why in hell would they take a full time job paying 150,000 (or $300,000 for that matter). I want full time refs as bad as anyone but there are some major hurdles that would need to be worked out before it ever happens.
    As for #2 above, if you suck at your job and suck consistently over a prolonged period of time (not just a mistake here or there) then you should be fired, period. I feel for them in regards to the speed of the game and the awesome responsibility they have every Sunday but if you can't call the game properly or fairly, then you need to go.
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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    Quote Originally Posted by jd345 View Post
    I totally agree with number one above, lets make the refs full time. With that said there is a "huge" problem here. NFL Refs, depending on their seniority, make anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000 for a sixteen game season. Not bad money (more than many people make with a full time job) but for these guys I am sure it is no more than supplemental income and they referee because they enjoy it and the "respect and prestige" that comes from their peers within their full time realm of work from being an NFL ref. Most of these guys are lawyers, accountants, small business owners, or have other high paying jobs.
    To compare, I did some research on other sports (data from 2009 seasons) and the average pay by sport for referees was:
    NBA: 128,000 a year
    NHL: 138,000 a year
    MLB: 141,000 a year
    In my opinion, the current NFL refs will accept no where near these salaries for working full time as the other sports (although they are working way less games). Back to the point, most of these guys have very high paying jobs outside of the NFL. If a referee is a lawyer, as many are, and are making $750,000 a year why in hell would they take a full time job paying 150,000 (or $300,000 for that matter). I want full time refs as bad as anyone but there are some major hurdles that would need to be worked out before it ever happens.
    As for #2 above, if you suck at your job and suck consistently over a prolonged period of time (not just a mistake here or there) then you should be fired, period. I feel for them in regards to the speed of the game and the awesome responsibility they have every Sunday but if you can't call the game properly or fairly, then you need to go.
    That's the problem. The NFL should fire all of their current referees and then recruit and hire full-time officials. Get the lawyers, etc. out of there. I have enough hate for lawyers as it is, so I don't need them messing up football games to add to it. I don't know how (except that they can do it on a part-time basis) that being a lawyer qualifies you to be an NFL official. There's plenty of guys coming out of college that actually played the game, but don't make it in the NFL. Let them have a shot at the job on a full-time basis.




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    Quote Originally Posted by steelerhater View Post
    That's the problem. The NFL should fire all of their current referees and then recruit and hire full-time officials. Get the lawyers, etc. out of there. I have enough hate for lawyers as it is, so I don't need them messing up football games to add to it. I don't know how (except that they can do it on a part-time basis) that being a lawyer qualifies you to be an NFL official. There's plenty of guys coming out of college that actually played the game, but don't make it in the NFL. Let them have a shot at the job on a full-time basis.
    Just playing devils advocate here but pretty sure I agree with what I am about to write and at the same time wish there was a better option available to fix the problem.
    Point #1- The NFL has to be the hardest game on the planet to officiate. It has by far the biggest rulebook and the quickness of the game rivals all the sports with maybe the exception of hockey. The field of play is the biggest meaning you are responsible for watching a large field of action. It is the most popular sport as well as the most visible sport in America, you will constantly be under scrutiny from the fans and the media. Compare it to baseball and think about it...an umpire...know the strike zone and call a runner safe or out and they still manage to mess it up on occasion...over a 162 game season you mess up a call here or there and it doesn't (more than likely) cost a team their season and you don't get lambbasted by the fans and the media. Could go on and on here...the point being...it is not an easy job being an NFL ref.
    Point #2- Since the rulebook is so large and you must know it off the top of your head (or at least you should) in the heat of the moment we need very intelligient people out there (hence the lawyers, accountants, etc...) that can make decisions in stressful situations. That job description (very smart and able to make split second decisions in stressful high emotion situations) only fits a very few in our society. Right or wrong...there is a certain profile to be an NFL Ref with the main point being very intelligient. There is a reason there are certain people out there that tend to be in certain professions outside of football.
    Point #3- What if we actually have the cream of the crop out there? There is a point that will come that the officiating can't get any better (we aren't there yet) because it is officiated by humans. This game is played at such a high speed...we watch instant replays and still debate the call as fans and the media...was he in or out...did he get both feet down or did one touch the white line with the tip of his shoe...did he cross the plane for a touchdown in the middle of a dogpile of 2000 pounds of human...was his knee down or was it off the ground 2 inches when he fumbled...The point being referees are human. There will always be missed calls on the field no matter who is put out there. Call for replacement referees...some of us better be careful what we wish for...When all is said and done I want the best refs out there that can call a game fairly and let the players play within the rules...what that entails and how it is accomplished is up for debate...




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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    Quote Originally Posted by jd345 View Post
    Just playing devils advocate here but pretty sure I agree with what I am about to write and at the same time wish there was a better option available to fix the problem.
    Point #1- The NFL has to be the hardest game on the planet to officiate. It has by far the biggest rulebook and the quickness of the game rivals all the sports with maybe the exception of hockey. The field of play is the biggest meaning you are responsible for watching a large field of action. It is the most popular sport as well as the most visible sport in America, you will constantly be under scrutiny from the fans and the media. Compare it to baseball and think about it...an umpire...know the strike zone and call a runner safe or out and they still manage to mess it up on occasion...over a 162 game season you mess up a call here or there and it doesn't (more than likely) cost a team their season and you don't get lambbasted by the fans and the media. Could go on and on here...the point being...it is not an easy job being an NFL ref.
    Point #2- Since the rulebook is so large and you must know it off the top of your head (or at least you should) in the heat of the moment we need very intelligient people out there (hence the lawyers, accountants, etc...) that can make decisions in stressful situations. That job description (very smart and able to make split second decisions in stressful high emotion situations) only fits a very few in our society. Right or wrong...there is a certain profile to be an NFL Ref with the main point being very intelligient. There is a reason there are certain people out there that tend to be in certain professions outside of football.
    Point #3- What if we actually have the cream of the crop out there? There is a point that will come that the officiating can't get any better (we aren't there yet) because it is officiated by humans. This game is played at such a high speed...we watch instant replays and still debate the call as fans and the media...was he in or out...did he get both feet down or did one touch the white line with the tip of his shoe...did he cross the plane for a touchdown in the middle of a dogpile of 2000 pounds of human...was his knee down or was it off the ground 2 inches when he fumbled...The point being referees are human. There will always be missed calls on the field no matter who is put out there. Call for replacement referees...some of us better be careful what we wish for...When all is said and done I want the best refs out there that can call a game fairly and let the players play within the rules...what that entails and how it is accomplished is up for debate...
    These current refs miss more than a few calls each week. How many times do we see phantom holding calls, missed holding calls, offensive interference not called, BS roughing the passer calls, etc. Many of these bad calls (or no calls)do effect the outcome of the game. Super Bowl 40 was a classic example of either a referee's ineptness, favoritism, or corruptness.




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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    Anyone see the Bengals v Falcons last night. More suck-ass reffing.




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    Re: The REAL concern from Thursday...

    I agree with the idea of full time refs.

    Full time refs has almost no downside other than getting them in place, which could mean 2-3 seasons of replacements, thus the quality dips for a short time. A full time ref can focus on their craft, attend training, have a more in depth working knowledge of the rule book, etc. IMO, the growing pains of 2-3 years of lackluster officiating is WELL worth it if at the other end we have professional referees.

    IIRC, the league has been trying to go in this direction for a while now but it's the current crop of refs that are holding up the process. They like their high paying, part-time gig just the way it is.
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