The NFL seemed to score a victory over the locked out officials after week one when most agreed that the replacements weren't that bad. And that may have helped solidify the NFL's stance to continue the lock out.
But that may have just been a result of expectations that were absurdly low. Because in week two, all hell broke loose. And a large part of that may have been because the players are learning how to take advantage the replacements.
But will the NFL cave? Not likely, as there are still several major issues to work out.
On the next few pages we will break down those issues and where each side stands...
Pay is always an issue, but this time it might not be a major issue
The officials, who make between $4,000 and $8,000 per game are asking for the same raises that were outlined in the previous agreement made in 2006.
Meanwhile, the league claims they have proposed a 5-11% increase. However, the officials claim that the new pay structure amounts to just a 2.8% increase per year.
Considering how much money the NFL makes, you would think this would be a minor issue,
The NFL wants to hire more officials
The NFL wants to hire more officials (28, including 7 full-time officials) to increase the quality of officiating (ironic, right?). However, the total pay the officials receive as a group would not be increased. That means more officials dividing up the same pot of salaries and benefits.
NFL wants to change the pension system
This may be the biggest reason the NFL officials are still locked out. The NFL wants to freeze the current pension plan and switch to a more common 401(k)-like retirement plan, something many corporations have been trying to do in recent years.
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