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Why the best College Refs usually Aren’t the ones used as NFL Replacement Refs



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Most fans of the NFL are calling the Referee lockout a travesty. The NFL selfishly refused to pay the seasoned vets the money they deserved and even previously cut back their pay. The NFL was forced to settle with 'scabs' from lower tier officiating organizations as low as Texas high school referees.

Some say the actions endangered player safety in an already dangerous business. The referees were like an elementary substitute teacher in a high school world. The average worth of an NFL organization is around 1 billion dollars according to Forbes.com. Even as a billion dollar organization, the NFL could not work out its money woes and pay the refs for the start of the season. Instead they went with unqualified, low caliber officials for the first few weeks. Since the 'inaccurate reception', the NFL has ended the lockout by paying their refs. Some questioned why FBS officials were not used. They may have tried but they were a little busy. Busy worrying about their futures. Accepting a replacement job would be a disastrous mistake in an already well progressing career.

It is easy to see that the FBS refs are trained and seasoned to become NFL refs but imagine SEC refs coming to the NFL and it working. What would become of the deal with the regular referees? What is the main goal of an emerging high school quarterback? The NFL. The main goal of FBS refs? NFL. The FBS refs would sacrifice a potential NFL career by taking the job now and ruining any bond they may currently have with the NFLRA.

College football can be deemed as the minor leagues of the NFL for players, coaches and the referees. FBS officials remained with what was known and focused on the job at hand all while securing their future in the ever growing sports industry. The NFL will survive the somewhat disastrous first quarter of the season. With an 8 year deal locked down with the referees, we should not see anything like this again. The refs got more money, better benefits and retirement plans. But most of all, gratitude. Sure fans will be nagging these fans in weeks, but it doesn’t get any better than the best in the NFL.

All in all, the NFL benefits from publicity. New viewers tuned in to watch the zebras make a fool of themselves. They have their refs back and everyone has forgiven the NFL. Life is back to normal . . Except some people still think that Green Bay made that catch.

Most fans of the NFL are calling the Referee lockout a travesty. The NFL selfishly refused to pay the seasoned vets the money they deserved and even previously cut back their pay. The NFL was forced to settle with 'scabs' from lower tier officiating organizations as low as Texas high school referees.

Some say the actions endangered player safety in an already dangerous business. The referees were like an elementary substitute teacher in a high school world. The average worth of an NFL organization is around 1 billion dollars,(http://www.forbes.com/nfl-valuations/) but the NFL could not work out its money woes and pay the refs for the start of the season. Instead they went with unqualified, low caliber officials for the first few weeks. Since the 'inaccurate reception', the NFL has ended the lockout by paying their refs. Some questioned why FBS officials were not used. They may have tried but they were a little busy. Busy worrying about their futures. Accepting a replacement job would be a disastrous mistake in an already well progressing career.

It is easy to see that the FBS refs are trained and seasoned to become NFL refs but imagine SEC refs coming to the NFL and it working. What would become of the deal with the regular referees? What is the main goal of an emerging high school quarterback? The NFL. The main goal of FBS refs? NFL. The FBS refs would sacrifice a potential NFL career by taking the job now and ruining any bond they may currently have with the NFLRA.

College football can be deemed as the minor leagues of the NFL for players, coaches and the referees. FBS officials remained with what was known and focused on the job at hand all while securing their future in the ever growing sports industry. The NFL will survive the somewhat disastrous first quarter of the season. With an 8 year deal locked down with the referees, we should not see anything like this again. The refs got more money, better benefits and retirement plans. But most of all, gratitude. Sure fans will be nagging these fans in weeks, but it doesn’t get any better than the best in the NFL.

All in all, the NFL benefits from publicity. New viewers tuned in to watch the zebras make a fool of themselves. They have their refs back and everyone has forgiven the NFL. Life is back to normal . . Except some people still think that Green Bay made that catch.

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