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Could There Be Replacement Refs in 2012?

By Alan Schechter

Jan 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) during the second quarter of the 2011 NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Could we see replacement officials for the 2012 season? Well, the labor agreement with the referees expired at the end of 2011, and a new deal is not being reached so quickly. Take a look at this piece from foxsports about how the league is planning, in case their is a labor dispute:

Not to state the obvious here, but God help us if there are replacement officials. You think we saw bad calls with the regulars, just imagine how bad it could be with replacement ones.

Let’s hope they get a deal done quickly.