The NFL Wants To Ruin My Sunday’s Again
USA Today: The NFL will finally have full-time officials.
The league and the NFL Referees Association announced Wednesday a joint agreement to hire between 21-24 full-time officials for the 2017 season. Those positions will come from the current pool of 124 officials.
The full-time officials will be hired at each of the seven officiating positions and may work on any of the 17 officiating crews. They will also have additional duties working with league staff in the offseason.
“We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of our game,” Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement.
Previously all NFL officials were part-time employees who held other jobs outside of their refereeing duties.
The push to hire full-time officials has intensified in recent years as criticism of officiating has intensified after several high-profile questionable calls (or non-calls), like Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant’s non-catch in a playoff game against Green Bay in 2014, as well as issues with calling pass interference and hits on the quarterback.
The idea is that having referees working on officiating full-time could help increase preparation, consistency and communication.
Still, the addition of full-time won’t change the biggest challenge officials face, which is making judgment calls in real time. Plays like pass interference and holding are considered judgment calls and are non-reviewable.
As a degenerate gambler, I don’t know what to think. On one hand, you have had refs that are only allowed these jobs if they also have a job making a salary over a certain amount. While on the other hand, if the NFL hires full time refs just for football 16 weeks out of the year, are they really going to make better calls? Or will I be getting screwed by a ref getting paid off to make calls go one way or another. Regardless, the refs will STINK. And no amount of experience or dedicated hours will help a ref see that Tom Brady’s god damn arm wasn’t going forward and the Raiders should have won that fucking game in the snow. As a Raider’s fan, I blame Roger Goodell for allowing Tom Brady to create a dynasty off his no spine having back from a game back in 2001. Goodell is to blame for creating the monster that was Tom Brady after Deflategate. Brady then won one for the thumb.
In my head, this is like the scenario about how if OJ Simpson never would have signed with the Bills, the Kardashians never would have been famous. OJ signs with the Bills > OJ murders wife >OJ hires Kardashian as attorney>Kardashians get famous. Except it is the fact that the 2001 NFL refs are the reason we all have to deal with the Patriots winning another AFC Championship in 2017.
Cue the obligatory NFL refs memes: