This guest post was made by the SeatCrunch team.
As of now, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association have not come to an agreement for the 2012 season. This is has led the NFL to consider exploring replacement referees in case a deal between the league and the Referees Association never comes to fruition.
To be frank, the NFL needs to go ahead and kill this thought before it starts gaining steam.
First and foremost, the quality of referees you find outside of the NFL that are also willing to leave their current job on a chance that they’ll ref in the NFL, is very low. Why would a big-time college ref give up his job for another that may potentially no longer need his services in the near future?
With low-quality refs calling NFL games, injuries and blown calls that drastically affect the outcomes of games will happen frequently. Not good for the NFL.
The NFL needs to make their Refs association happy, and fast. When dealing in an industry as lucrative as the NFL, there is no room for compromise when it comes to safety and legitimacy.