• Issues with NFL replacement officials in full view

    Summary of 27 articles · Updated Sep 29, 2012
    • Officials officially agree to new deal with NFL

      Not that there was any doubt, but the NFL’s deal with its officials is now officially official. Jim Daopoulos, a long-time official and supervisor of officials who now works with us at NBC Sports, passed along the word this morning that the members of t
    • NFL will pay replacement refs for this weekend

      The NFL will pay its 112 replacement officials this weekend even though they are no longer working games, according to reports.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • NFL officials gather to vote on new labor contract

      IRVING, Texas (AP) -- NFL officials on the verge of approving a new contract say they're excited to get back to work.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Order restored with return of the officials

      BALTIMORE -- The locked-out officials returned for their first game Thursday night and were treated like celebrities. Cameras followed their every move, from the time they walked into the stadium. Players approached the officials to shake their hands. I…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Bears glad to have real NFL officials back

      The Bears endured some goofy moments but were virtually unscathed by the NFL’s use of replacement officials the first three weeks.
      Source: suntimes.com
    • Cowboys players happy to get regular game officials back this week

      IRVING - Cowboys players said Thursday they were happy to hear the news about the return of the regular officials for this week’s games. The NFL and the officials’ union reached a tentative eight-year agreement late Wednesday night to end a lockout
    • NFL players react to return of regular officials

      Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens will be the first game of the 2012 regular season to be officiated by the league's regular on-field officials. With bye weeks beginning this week - the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsb
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on the replacement officials: ‘They’ll be fine’

      IRVING — As expected, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn’t get into specific details when addressing the NFL’s replacement officials on Wednesday. Garrett said the Cowboys are “focused on the wrapping up of the Tampa game and focusing on the Chicago
    • NFL replacement officials no laughing matter

      NFL replacement officials no laughing matter [...] Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson argued that was the case several weeks ago, back when everybody was yukking it up over the hilarious YouTube moments the NFL's hapless replacement officials had been o…
      Source: chron.com
    • Scouting replacement refs has proven to be challenging for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett

      The NFL has received plenty of backlash for using replacement referees to call games as the league continues to haggle with the locked-out officials at the bargaining table. The uproar reached its peak Monday night after a questionable ruling on a Hail …
  • End of lockout has Giants officially happy

    Justin Tuck began his interview session Thursday by giving only one-word answers, because he had spoken to the media about this topic the previous day.
  • NFL officials get back to business as usual

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    • NFL officials receive loud cheers in first night back

      Instead of receiving the usual jeers that go with their profession, NFL referee Gene Steratore and his crew were treated like conquering heroes Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
    • Baltimore fans give officials a standing ovation

      The real refs are back, and the fans are showing their appreciation. When referee Gene Steratore and his crew walked out on the field about an hour before the Browns and Ravens kick off tonight in Baltimore, the fans in the stands gave the officials a s…
    • NFL gets its bench of officials, but NFL will pay for it

      On Tuesday, not long before it was reported that a deal between the league and its locked-out officials is “at hand,” it also was reported that the league and the locked-out officials had agreed to create a developmental squad that wouldn’t be used
    • NFL confirms new deal between league, officials is done

      As it turned out, the NFL's nightmare scenario -- a team losing a game it should have won -- was all it took for the league and the NFL Referees' Association to get back to the bargaining table and wrap up a new deal. Negotiations picked up momentum aft…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • NFL, officials try to get deal in place before Thursday night’s game

      Nearly 12 hours after a report surfaced that a settlement of the labor dispute between the NFL and its officials is “at hand,” no one’s hand is holding a pen that would be used to sign a deal. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports, citing an unn
    • On the timetable for NFL officials' return

      Our long national (football) nightmare might be over, or at least close to it. If you haven't heard yet, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the NFL and its officials' union have an agreement on a labor deal that could get the league's regular offi…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Report: Agreement on deal between NFL, officials close

      The NFL and its locked out officials were negotiating prior to Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks debacle. That game, which brought national attention, added light to the negotiations and perhaps a bit of heat. Now, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen’s reporting t
    • Renck: NFL replacement officials joke isn't close to funny

      The hypocrisy is nauseating. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has reveled in playing king, has long told the NFL players that it is their duty to protect the shield.
    • Daily Read: Not a good day for NFL officials

      Joe Reedy writes: In locking out the regular officials, Roger Goodell decided to go the brink and see if they would cave in while going with replacements. Three weeks in, he now has the biggest mess in his seventh season as commissioner.
  • On the Steelers: Old attitudes toward officials likely to return

    Larry Foote welcomes the return of the professionals because he saw what happened during the preseason and the three regular-season games.
  • BBAO: Packers' game as the tipping point

    We're Black and Blue All Over: As it turns out, the final call ever made by the NFL's replacement officials was the one that gave the Green Bay Packers a 14-12 defeat Monday night. The league ended its two-month lockout of its regular officials late Wed…
    Source: ESPN.com
  • Sources: Deal between NFL, refs very close

    The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday night that the possibility of the locked-out officials returning in time to work this week's games has been discussed, according to sources on both sides.
    Source: ESPN.com
  • Replacement officials have been a disaster, but regular referees make mistakes, too

    The Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football will forever be remembered for its controversial ending, with the replacement officials blowing several calls down the stretch. From a phantom defensive pass interferenc…
    Source: yahoo.com
  • "Monday Night Football" blunder last straw for replacement officials

    Lunch Special: Each weekday near noontime, a Denver Post sports writer dares to dish. In this installment, Lindsay H. Jones weighs in on the controversy surrounding the NFL's replacement officials.

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Issues with NFL replacement officials in full view
Officials officially agree to new deal with NFL
NFL will pay replacement refs for this weekend
NFL officials gather to vote on new labor contract
Order restored with return of the officials
End of lockout has Giants officially happy
On the Steelers: Old attitudes toward officials likely to retur…
Bears glad to have real NFL officials back
NFL officials receive loud cheers in first night back
Baltimore fans give officials a standing ovation
NFL players react to return of regular officials
NFL gets its bench of officials, but NFL will pay for it
NFL confirms new deal between league, officials is done
NFL, officials try to get deal in place before Thursday night’s…
On the timetable for NFL officials' return
Report: Agreement on deal between NFL, officials close
Renck: NFL replacement officials joke isn't close to funny
Replacement officials have been a disaster, but regular referee…
Daily Read: Not a good day for NFL officials
"Monday Night Football" blunder last straw for replac…