One thing that every NFL fan who buys NFL tickets each season doesn’t want to see is a continued dispute between corporate executives in the NFL and the leagues officials. With the lockout of NFL league officials, it’s looking more and more likely that long time NFL officials could find themselves replaced during the 2012 NFL season.
What’s The Reason Behind The Lockout?
Thanks to sources from ESPN and the NFL we know that the reasons for the NFL lockout are complex and include a variety of issues including pensions, pay raises and future of part time officials within the league. According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter from ESPN, the NFL wants to turn their part-time officials into full time officials and this doesn’t sit well with those part time officials who still manage to hold down full time jobs outside of their part time careers as NFL officials and are unwilling to leave the income and financial security that those jobs offer them.
Will Games Suffer?
Until the NFL resolves the current issues with league officials, fans can expect the worst from the replacement officials that the league is bringing in for 2012 games. According to sources inside the NFL, the replacement officials that the league is planning on hiring have very limited experience in the NFL and have college level officiating experience at best.
When asked about the lockout, many NFL players and coaches from Victor Cruz of the New York Giants to Bill Belichick, coach of the Patriots have made it clear that the only way the NFL can continue to show their commitment to players by having the most experienced players on the field. The NFL’s lack of commitment to resolving this issue quickly will only jeopardize 2012 games including recent high profile games between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys where replacement officials forgot to do key things like review specific turnovers and made some calls that were questionable, much to the chagrin of players like Tony Romo.