|09-06-2012, 11:14 PM||#1|
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Pleased With Officials In Season Opener
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he was pleased with Wednesday night's season opener, the first time the league has used replacement referees in a regular-season game since the first week of the 2001 season, Darren Rovell of ESPN reports.
"I think our officials did a more than adequate job last night and I think that we've proven that we can train them and get them up to NFL standards," said Goodell, at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit, an event which took place in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.
But Goodell said he didn't think the performance from the replacement officials last night meant more leverage for the league.
"I think we were dealing from a position of strength from the get-go," Goodell said. "We did this 11 years ago. The game does not stop."
Unable to forge an agreement with the NFL Referees Association after negotiations last week, the league decided to roll the dice with replacement crews this week. In Wednesday night's game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, there were no noticeable signs of inexperience from the replacement officials.
Source: The Redzone
|09-06-2012, 11:20 PM||#2|
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