Curious if you defenders of scab refs still feel that way
I certainly can't defend the regular refs/ union putting a gun to the head of the NFL and the fans of the game who want quality officiating for the long term. They're being offered a generous raise and a 401 K plan as opposed to a defined pension plan and they're rejecting both.
In addition, Roger Goodell and the NFL has to be given the right to judge an individual referee's performance and the right to fire. All fans should demand the NFL have this right for the good of the game.
Where the NFL messed up, was not properly preparing these officials or better yet, there were/still are plenty of quality officials they could have used due to the NFL's vast resources.
The game will suffer long term if the NFL caves on the issue of right to fire. I'd also like to see the NFL be able to make at least some of the refs full time. The Ref's union wants no part of that. The judges, lawyers, etc who belong to the union have the best of both worlds...their full time job and a $150, 000 year part time job they can't be fired from. Not bad, eh?
At this point, the NFL needs to train these guys fast or get better replacements in. However, the big picture is long term and the NFL should not cave in.