It is almost certain that the NFL regular season will begin with replacement officials.Â The NFL has locked out the members of the NFL Referees Association in a contract dispute and has hired replacement officials to call the games until there's a collective bargaining agreement.Â This week, NFLRA attorney, Mike
Are full-time stripes a negotiation snag?
From that Iâ€™ve read and heard, the most talked about lockoutÂ issueÂ coming from the NFL Referees Association is the pension plan. Currently the officials receive a traditionalÂ pension when they retire, and, apparently the NFL wants to make the officialsâ€™ retirement funda self-managed 401(k)-type plan. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in January that