YOUR TURN: The NFL's Replacement Referees

Here's your chance to sound off on the quality of the officiating in the NFL and what you think should be done about it.

If you're a local football fan, the New England Patriots' controversial Sunday Night loss to the Baltimore Ravens probably left you with a bad taste in your mouth and a strong opinion about the status of officiating in the NFL.

The much-discussed replacement referee issue was forced front-row center again Monday night when a nationally-televised game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers appeared to be determined by an incorrect call made by a team of back-up officials.

So, we have to ask - what do you think about the quality of officiating in the NFL? Do you think the league owes it to the players, owners and fans to put the best product on the field, no matter what it costs?

Should League Commissioner Roger Goodell bend to the demands of the locked out referee union to get them back on the field as soon as possible? Do you sympathize with the replacement referees who are working under a great deal of pressure with little experience?

Let us know by voicing your opinion in the comments section below.

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Richard W. Glynn September 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I am glad to see the regular referees back on the fields for the NFL. I am hopeful that the momentum can go forward to include the training programs that the NFL has sought. I am also hopeful that the NFL can contribute towards the 401K retirement plans that assist professionals who have physically performed at high levels. This is a demanding profession and needs to address retirement needs. It has become apparent that referees will be relyed upon to help in the early diagnosis of concussion related sypmtoms. The nature of the sport and it's consequences cannot be ignored. The NFL as an employer should address both the long term safety of it's players,coaches, sideline personnel and referees. When a player or ref cannot walk a straight line at age 75, purely due to overuse and injury there should be an umbrella to care for these people. Richard W. Glynn
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