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wpr  
#1 Posted : Monday, June 4, 2012 6:06:57 PM(UTC)
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The NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not yet completed with the NFL Referees Association.

Talks between the league and the officials broke down after two mediation sessions that followed nine bargaining negotiations since October. Both sides have said they expect a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the upcoming season.

But that optimism has disappeared.

A session was held Sunday under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the NFLRA said the league "terminated negotiations" on Monday.

The NFL said new demands made by the officials led to the end of talks.

"In yesterday's session, the NFLRA ... abandoned positions that it had previously taken with both us and the mediators, and made economic demands totaling millions of additional dollars that they had agreed to drop at earlier sessions," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

The league said that regional training sessions for replacement officials would begin this month "to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season."

"Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games," the league said in a statement.

The league will look to hire officials from anywhere but the BCS conferences because those officials are run by NFL officials, and the NFL doesn't want to put the BCS officials in an awkward situation.

The NFL's search would instead target retired college officials and perhaps current ones who would be qualified to work professional games.

Referees counsel Mike Arnold called those replacements "amateur referees."


video and link to rest of story
Wade  
#2 Posted : Monday, June 4, 2012 8:06:54 PM(UTC)
Just because current NFL referees have been paid doesn't mean their professional-quality. IMO about half of them should be replaced.

Including some of the ones with the most seniority and biggest guns.

The distance between the top ten percent of college referees and the bottom 90 percent of NFL referees is a lot smaller than the NFL refs think.

And I think the NFL knows it.

And sorry, union friends, the NFL isn't Wisconsin. The Gang of 31+ isn't going to recall Goodell for this.
dfosterf  
#3 Posted : Monday, June 4, 2012 8:17:57 PM(UTC)
he he he

good one liner

Zero2Cool  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2012 4:57:53 AM(UTC)
Maybe the NFL should just have one or two referee's on the field and let a couple pinheads in the booth determine plays. Greed wins out!!
Wade  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:47:31 AM(UTC)
plus one-point-five for effective use of the word "pinhead."
Zero2Cool  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:52:27 AM(UTC)
Who knew it would kick our butts?!?
Zero2Cool  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:21:12 AM(UTC)
"The officials have enjoyed defined-benefit pension plan, and the league has been seeking, in these negotiations, to terminate that plan and switch the NFLRA over to a 401(k)"
Pack93z  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:37:36 AM(UTC)
Formo  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:25:24 AM(UTC)
Just saw somewhere that Mortenson is reporting that the NFL and the NFLRA are finishing a deal that would get the regular refs back to work as soon as this weekend. Of course, only when the Packers get screwed over is when they actually start getting progress. You guys and the NFL are a bunch of pussies.
Zero2Cool  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:55:32 AM(UTC)
Formo said: Go to Quoted Post
Just saw somewhere that Mortenson is reporting that the NFL and the NFLRA are finishing a deal that would get the regular refs back to work as soon as this weekend. Of course, only when the Packers get screwed over is when they actually start getting progress. You guys and the NFL are a bunch of pussies.


[mfing]



[neener]



Interesting that even a bitter Vikings fan acknowledges the Packers were screwed.
Porforis  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:59:21 AM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
[mfing]

[neener]

Interesting that even a bitter Vikings fan acknowledges the Packers were screwed.


The morons to the west and the east are sometimes a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

http://espn.go.com/espn/...ation&pollId=3197833
Zero2Cool  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:41:20 AM(UTC)
Porforis said: Go to Quoted Post
The morons to the west and the east are sometimes a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

http://espn.go.com/espn/...ation&pollId=3197833


Because they can vote yes to an obvious interception???
Formo  
#13 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 3:35:55 PM(UTC)
I disagree on the INT call. I think that was a legitimate TD call.. It looked like buffoons were making the call, but I feel they got it right.. Now where they gave it to you guys was the PI non-call.
macbob  
#14 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:34:05 PM(UTC)
Formo said: Go to Quoted Post
I disagree on the INT call. I think that was a legitimate TD call.. It looked like buffoons were making the call, but I feel they got it right...


bwahahahaha...thought it was VR writing first. The biting tongue in cheek humor is usually his.

You were kidding, weren't you?

Jeremy?

Go back and look at the replay. The NFL in their statement posted the rules to be considered in possession. If you read all of rule 8 posted by the league in their statement, Tate did NOT comply with all of the requirements in that rule to establish possession. Tate did not have control of the ball (or even simultaneous control of the ball), the Packers defender did. You'll see Golden Tate's right arm comes away from the ball as the two players are dropping after jumping for the ball.

CBSSports.com said:
"I'm a wide receiver and I've always rooted for a wide receiver, but that wasn't a catch," Carolina's Steve Smith said. "I will just be honest. If he had two hands on the ball, great. But he had one hand slightly on the ball and his left hand is hugging the guy who actually has possession of the ball."


http://www.cbssports.com...-couldve-made-right-call

The best description I've seen of the rule (and how it was incorrectly applied in this case) was here. NOTE: The article has a link to the NFL Casebook, a PDF file you can download. It has a LOT of cases in it:

http://profootballtalk.n...irms-call-was-incorrect/

ProFootballTalk said:
NFL’s rulebook, casebook confirm call was incorrect

The NFL’s adroitly-drafted statement regarding the Monday night debacle in Seattle glosses over the most important question presented by the play.

What if Packers safety M.D. Jenning gained control of the ball before Golden Tate? As we address that question, keep in mind the difference between “control” and “possession.”

“When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both [Seahawks receiver Golden] Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball,” the league’s statement explains. “Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.”

In reality, the outcome was determined before the players hit the ground. That’s when Jennings first gained “control” of the ball, regardless of whether Tate eventually secured simultaneous “possession” of it.

The relevant portion of the official 2012 rules comes from Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 5: “It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.” (Emphasis added.) Thus, it doesn’t matter whether the officials determined that Tate and Jennings jointly had “possession” when they landed; the question is whether Jennings “gained control” first.

The NFL’s statement likely omitted that fact because the video shows Jennings “gained control” first. This video shows the best angle; Jennings caught the ball with both hands while Tate had only one hand (his left) on the ball. Tate eventually got his right hand on the ball, but after Jennings “gained control” of it.

The league’s most recent casebook, which is posted at NFL.com, specifically addresses this situation at A.R. 8.29, under the all-caps title NOT A SIMULTANEOUS CATCH: “First-and-10 on A20. B3 controls a pass in the air at the A40 before A2, who then also controls the ball before they land. As they land, A2 and B3 fall down to the ground. Ruling: B’s ball, first-and-10 on A40. Not a simultaneous catch as B3 gains control first and retains control.” (Emphasis added.)

Some Seahawks fans defend the indefensible claim that the catch isn’t complete until the players land on the ground, citing the ever-confusing “Calvin Johnson rule,” which makes a catch not a catch until the player maintains possession through the act of going to the ground. They cling to that principle for a very good reason; the league’s statement specifically quotes the rule, blurring the line between “control” and “possession.”

Consider the plain language of the rule regarding a completed pass: “A forward pass is complete (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) if a player, who is inbounds: (a) secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; and (b) touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; and (c) maintains control of the ball long enough, after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, to enable him to perform any act common to the game (i.e., maintaining control long enough to pitch it, pass it, advance with it, or avoid or ward off an opponent, etc.).”

This isn’t about maintaining control through the act of going to the ground; it’s about who first secured control, whether the players were in the air or on the ground. Jennings first secured control, while he and Tate were in the air.

Here’s A.R. 8.29, with the names of the player’s included: “Jennings controls a pass in the air before Tate, who then also controls the ball before they land. As they land, Tate and Jennings fall down to the ground. Ruling: Green Bay’s ball. Not a simultaneous catch as Jennings gains control first and retains control.”

Though it gets complicated, it’s actually pretty simple. Jennings gained control first. Tate, at best, secured joint control later. That’s not a simultaneous catch.

Then there’s the faction of Seahawks fans who believe that there was insufficient visual evidence to overturn the ruling on the field, regardless of whether the ruling was touchdown or interception. But that’s where the league’s statement also is wrong. It’s indisputable that Jennings gained control first, as evidenced by Jennings having two arms at the ball when Tate has only one.

As a result, we reject the league’s statement as the predictable sort of wagon-circling in which the league has been engaged ever since it put third-rate-at-best officials into the costume and pawned them off as sufficiently competent to rise to the challenge of officiating an NFL game. The very complexity of this rule proves that these officials lack the ability to remember, interpret, and apply these principles in real time.

Of course, the non-replacement replay official and the non-replacement league supervisor screwed this one up, too. Which perhaps highlights the importance of having non-replacement officials who know these rules and can apply these rules on the field at all times.
Rockmolder  
#15 Posted : Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:15:07 AM(UTC)
Since no one has taken the effort and/or found it necessary to make a post regarding Wade's comments in this thread, I will.

EAT CROW, WADE.
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