Can the NFL players union help the NFL referees union?

This has been a week of point-counterpoint news stories and rebuttals, as summarized by Barry Wilner of the Associated Press, about the labor dispute between the NFL and its referees.  The NFL has locked out the members of the NFL Referees Association since June 3, due to an impasse in

Full-time, more crews top issues for ref pact

A few days ago, I had a theory that the NFL wanted to make officials full-time and that it was a roadblock in the negotiations with the NFL Referees Association. The union referees have been replaced by the NFL until a collective bargaining agreement can be reached. Chris Mortensen and Adam