September 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox talks to official Ken Roan after a call in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
One could be enthusiastic about the NFL and the NFL Referees Association finally meeting this week. Though we have a hard time faulting the replacement officials, deserved nominees for the "totally screwed" award of the year for accepting positions with intense scrutiny, the officiating has often taken more precedence than the players playing the game. Granted. The regular officials have always made their share of mistakes, highlighted among the headlines of a game, the replacement officials are far more scrutinized due to the conflict between the NFL and the regular officials.
According to a source telling the Associated Press, there are "significant and serious economic gaps" between the two sides. After two days of doing anything but resolving their issues and shifting the focus of the NFL this year back to the players on the field, no future meetings are currently planned.
Despite that some of calls this year have been problematic to the point that the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams that the league won't tolerate belligerent behavior against the replacement officials from players and coaches.