I am an NFL fan and I demand that the NFL Owners empower the NFL and Roger Goodell to end lockout of NFL Referees.
The integrity of the game, image of the league and the health and safety of the players have been compromised by your unilateral lockout. I receive regular letters and emails from you describing how much you care about player health and safety, but you turn around and lockout the real referees, who you made responsible for health and safety during games in the first place. This behavior is putting players at an unnecessary risk.
This lockout has sidelined over 1,500 years of collective officiating experience and continues to damage our fan experience. In every game played this season, your lockout has led to botched calls, missed calls and non-calls that have cost my team. The lockout has also impacted my viewing experience. Games are being played at a choppy pace, have almost no rhythm and last significantly longer. If fans, players and even coaches are recognizing the negative impact this is having on our game, why do you insist on continuing this lockout?
Stop letting greed get in the way of the game. I call on you to end this lockout and get the real officials back on the field.
The negative effect that the referee lockout has had on the 2012 NFL Season has been well publicized, as you can see below:
New York Times on the Tarnishing of the Game
The Big Story by AP.org
Deadspin.com on referee hat toss that tripped receiver
ESPN details "shaky calls" around the league in Week 3
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