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Deep Thoughts on The State of Officiating in Professional Sports

Sep 25, 2012, 8:53 AM EST

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I dare not wade into the intricacies of the National Football League because I am mostly ignorant of them.  But, I offer two Deep Thoughts:

1. If the Major League umpires are storing up some really, really bad call — like a Galarraga-Joyce-esque call — now would be an awesome time for them to make it, because I don’t think anyone would notice; and

2. Based on past comments, I’d guess the union/anti-union sentiment around these parts runs about 75-25% anti-union. And that may be a generous assessment of the size of the pro-union contingent.  With that in mind: does anyone in that anti-union majority care to defend Roger Goodell’s hard line against the regular NFL referees this morning? Remember: they’re not on strike. They’re being locked out because the most successful league in professional sports decided that they’d prefer not to negotiate a pension issue that represents almost inconsequential money to the league, relatively speaking.

Yes, I know this isn’t baseball. But my ability to ignore everything that goes on in other sports is only so great.  And it’s worth noting that what most of us consider the most egregiously bad call in recent baseball history didn’t even decide the outcome of a single baseball game, let alone over 6% of the outcomes of two teams for an entire season like that doozy last night did.

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  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Not sure if I missed it, but can’t we just hang a #humanelement on this, put it in black&white grainy video style, and call it the “good old days”?

  2. yahmule - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    This labor dispute is a microcosm of the current state of the country. The vast majority of the population want something and their will is thwarted by a small group of wealthy interests. Just enough working class people who are brainwashed by conservative talking points chime in with their support for the ruling class.

    Demonizing unions was simply another example of the divide and conquer principle the rich have been using against ordinary people for as long as the country has existed. People see their pay and benefits shrinking in private industry and are made to feel jealous of the government workers who have retained some of these perks. Rather than demand equal treatment, they want to drag everybody else down to their level.

    • dnc6 - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      The vast majority of people may say they want something, but their behavior doesn’t actually back that up. How many people do you think are saying “I’ve watched the NFL regularly, but now, after that bad call, I’m not watching until the bring in the best refs possible?”

      Sure, it would be nice if the NFL could dig into its couch cushions to pay the refs, but fans are proving that it doesn’t matter. Why should the NFL spend extra money on something that brings no extra revenue back?

      • yahmule - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        For example, you could give enough of a damn to do some research and you would get some much needed insight on the topic. The refs have been locked out. The league wants them to eliminate other sources of income while accepting a 16% pay reduction and having their pensions cut.

    • nightman13 - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      I love the tag line that unions are not good for business.

      You know what was great for business? Slavery. Sweatshops. Exporting jobs to countries that have both. Oddly enough, those three things aren’t good for the people.

      • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        doesn’t mean the Union is always right in what they are asking for either. They want more money but don’t want to give anything. Have to give something to get something.

  3. sportsdrenched - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    The side I take on a Union – Management/Government debate depends largely on the situation of each negotiation. There have been situations when I thought a Union was being ridiculous, and situations where I thought management was being greedy.

    In this case I have to side with the NFLRA. They’re the ones being locked out, and they’re the ones who are trying to be compensated for giving up their regular jobs. It’s the NFL that is comprimising the quality of it’s product because they would rather replace a vital part of their product with substandard parts. While at the same time they are doing well financially. The increased cost is minimal to the NFL and will not cause the owners any financial heartache. This leads me to beleive this move is based on greed and not much else.

    If any other company who made billions of dollars ran a product out there that was infiorior to it’s previous products because they didn’t want to pay for the previous quality we’d quit buying….and thus I’m done “buying” into the NFL until the real refs come back. Not that it will make a difference, but I do what I can do.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      trying to be compensated? they make on average 100k a season right now (well they were making) as a PART TIME job and the money the NFL has offered them would increase that. There is more to it then just that. I usually side with unions but in this case I’m 100% on the side of the NFL and not the NFLRA. They also do not want to accept accountability (bad refs can be replaced during the season.) Just because the NFL is making a ton of money doesn’t mean these refs who want to stay part time and not accept accountability deserve more money.

  4. realgone2 - Sep 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Gotta love how with all the bullshit going on on this planet. The biggest outrage is a blown call at a fucking NFL game. It’s like fucking pearl harbor, Janet Jackon’s tit falling out, and 9/11 happened all in the same day.

  5. cosanostra71 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Bud Selig says last night’s Monday Night Football game is proof that fans don’t want instant replay.

    • gostlcards5 - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Classic! :))

  6. mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    “Remember: they’re not on strike. They’re being locked out because the most successful league in professional sports decided that they’d prefer not to negotiate a pension issue that represents almost inconsequential money to the league, relatively speaking.”

    Uhm no. It’s more then just that a pension issue. They also want them to become full-time refs, hire more refs to replace the aging ones and most importantly they want to be able to replace refs who are not performing (you know a little accountability).

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