NFL Union Busting: Part II

Two weeks ago my September 16th blog indicated that the replacement referees in the National Football League were doing a credible job officiating the games.  I jumped the gun a bit, as critics started to lambast the replacement refs at the end of week two.  Week three was a disaster, as any Green Bay Packer Fan will confirm.

After the debacle in Seattle David Delano, an accomplished sports columnist, wrote in his “Packer Partisan”:

“The final score Monday night was the Seattle Seahawks 14 and the Green Bay Packers 12.  That is what the record book will show for the ages.  The problem is that the replacement referees totally blew two calls in the fourth quarter which caused the Packers to lose this game.  It was a horrible nightmare for Cheeseheads and an embarrassment for the NFL, with repercussions on the whole world of professional football.

The 2012 season has thus far been played with replacement referees due to a labor dispute with the regular zebras.  Until Monday night the calls of the replacement referees had not cost any team a game. Now they have, and this debacle will be viewed for many years as a bad black eye for the NFL.  The malfeasance is not of the sports disaster magnitude of the Chicago Black Sox baseball scandal throwing the World Series of 1919, nor the phantom punch thrown by Muhammad Ali that KO’ed Sonny Liston in 1964, but nonetheless, very significant for Cheeseheads.”

As you might remember from my September 16th blog, I said you should strike only if “no one else can reasonably do your job.”  It looks like the NFL referees made a wise choice to strike.  Within hours after the “Inaccurate Reception” in Seattle the parties were at the bargaining table and by Thursday night the “real referees” were back at work with a nice raise.  I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall during those sessions.  The negotiator for the Referees probably told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that they had until Wednesday to make a deal or all offers were off the table with even higher union wages and benefits for the next round.  Because his “business” was being compromised Goodell did the only thing he could do…settle.

Union busting 101 has a brand new lesson….if you’re good and no one can do your job…strike.  You’re (eventually) in the driver’s seat!

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3 Responses to NFL Union Busting: Part II

  1. Kristina Swetz says:

    What I found interesting through this whole thing is the amount of preparation these refs go through. While it is a part-time job, they are constantly studying footage/plays just like the players and striving to get better. Not only do they have to see everything, but they need a lot of conviction in their play calling. It’s like Ed Hochuli said, there isn’t a single call where a player or coach is going to agree and accept the call. You need to be able to stand your ground (paraphrased). Anyway, it isn’t that these guys can’t be replaced but the strength in the union is that everyone who walks/strikes needs to be replaced. Every position has a learning curve and with time the person will get up to speed. The question is can you endure the cost and afford to be patient?

    From one Vikings fan to a Packer fan…that call stinks and I’m sorry it cost them the game! Looking forward to watching a season where the Pack gets beat fair and square! 🙂

  2. Tom McMahon says:

    Pay attention to John Elway’s forced laugh over “The Play”. Packers fans, in 30 years this will be us reminiscing over “The Call” …

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