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RoanokeFan
05-08-2012, 08:49 PM
ANOTHER LOCKOUT FOR NFL? OFFICIALS' DEAL EXPIRES AT END OF MONTH (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26123/Another-lockout-for-NFL---Officials-deal-expires-at-end-of-month/Default.aspx)

"Gary Mihoces of <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/05/contract-for-nfl-refs-expires-at-end-of-this-month/1?csp=34sports&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=t witter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomNfl-TopStories+%28Sports+-+NFL+-+Top+Stories%29">USA
Today</a> reports the collective bargaining agreement for NFL game officials
expires at the end of this month. Talks continue, money is an issue, and we know
that can lead to lockout.


Officials were locked out at the start of the 2001 season. A year ago, the
NFL locked out players in the offseason. How concerned are the men in stripes
they might be locked out after their deal ends May 31?</p>


"Not worried or concerned, but very much aware of that," Tim Millis,
executive director of the NFL Referees Association, said in a phone interview
from Wylie, Tex.</p>


"That's kind of what happened with the players. But we're hopeful if anything
like that happens, it can still be resolved before the season starts. If
there's no impasse declared, there are certain things that can be done where we
work under last year's contract under certain situations. This would be nice
if we still had a year left, and we were talking about things getting
done.''</p>


The statement from the NFL on the current status of the officials: "We are
continuing to have discussions"</p>


Millis says matters such a travel per diem, how officials are graded and how
playoff assignments are made are all part of the talks. Those aren't the big
issues.</p>


"The big items are pay, of course, and the second is pension," said
Millis.</p>


"The league, as you can imagine, is tough to deal with. I don't mean dirty
or impossible, they're just tough," said Millis. "But they didn't get to be
where they are by being pushovers. They're reasonable, they're businesslike, and
you've got to do the same thing and work hard to stay with
him."

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NYgiants141
05-08-2012, 09:07 PM
The word "Lockout" just makes me cringe.

Martyr
05-08-2012, 09:09 PM
If they hold out I would totally be a scab and fill in lol

jomo
05-08-2012, 09:48 PM
UGH! The worst officiated professional sport.</P>


Lockout and reload with a bunch of guys from college and cut the average age by about 20 years and we'll be heading in the right direction.</P>

P_Simms_#11
05-08-2012, 09:52 PM
<font color="#FF0000">No Jeff Triplette? How would the league survive without his superb officiating?</font>

THE_New_York_Giants
05-08-2012, 09:52 PM
The officials can't lockout the league. It's easy to hire officials that aren't in the union. Individually, refs are expendable. Plus, Bill Leavy deserves to be unemployed. I hope he gets mowed down someday.