It was more evident than ever during Monday night’s football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, that the replacement referees are way over their heads. As if this wasn’t already a hot topic, Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst Steve Young, went off on the NFL and the replacement refs during the post game wrap-up.
“There’s a lot of people in the league that would rather break the (referees) union. … They feel like (officiating) is a commodity,” Young said. “But more importantly, everything about the NFL now is inelasticfor demand. There’s nothing (the league) can do to hurt the demand for the game. So, the bottom line is they don’t care.
“Player safety? Doesn’t matter in this case. Bringing in Division III officials? Doesn’t matter. Because in the end, you’re still going to watch the game.”
Young went on.
“There’s nothing that changes the demand for the NFL,” he said. “So they want to break the union or send a message to them, they don’t care about player safety. It doesn’t affect the desire for the game. If it affected the desire for the game, they’d come up with a few extra million dollars.”
I have a feeling the NFL may be bringing back the regular referees sooner rather than later…