Comments about ‘NFL and referees reach eight-year agreement to end lockout’

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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 10:19 p.m. MDT

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AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think these referees are heroes. They walked out when the season was just about to begin, causing the league to have to hire replacements that lacked the training and experience needed for the work.

The resulting problems are not the fault of the replacements or the team owners. When the news comes out about how much these refs are getting paid, we'll all be sick. They were insisting on a $38,000 payment each year into their retirement accounts, above and beyond their regular pay. These are part-time jobs. For example, one referee is a lawyer in Phoenix. He flies to a game city each Saturday, then back home to his office on Sunday nights. I find it very difficult to feel sorry for them.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

thats right those big mean bully referees are picking on those poor multi-billionaire owners again, how dare they?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Would someone please explain to Alan the meaning of the term "lockout'? Since the NFL takes in about $5 billion a year, I think they can afford to spend a little on the zebra's behalf. Everyone saw what happened without them.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Alan,

The referees did NOT walk out – they were locked out by the owners.

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