→ NFL Could have Replacement Referees in the Regular Season

I thought this was a given at this point? Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports is not impressed with how things are going:

To be frank, [the NFL’s comments about the quality of officiating are] a load of crap. The NFL has an aggressive proposal on the table that is designed to recalibrate the leverage enjoyed by the NFL over the officials, and if it means that the integrity of the game is compromised, that’s just too bad, folks.

ESPN and NBC might as well just plan on dedicating 20 minutes of their recap shows to officiating mistakes.