End the Lockout of the Official NFL Referees
  • Petitioned The National Football League Owners

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The National Football League Owners

End the Lockout of the Official NFL Referees

    1. Zach Berger
    2. Petition by

      Zach Berger

      Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/sports/football/replacement-officials-tarnish-the-nfl-product-on-the-field.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1

The Big Story by AP.org
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ref-says-he-incorrectly-awarded-49ers-challenges?utm_campaign=NFL&utm_source=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Twitter

Deadspin.com on referee hat toss that tripped receiver
http://deadspin.com/5945673?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

ESPN details "shaky calls" around the league in Week 3
http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/8418497/referees-mistakes-shaky-calls-week-3-themes

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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. First Goal

      Zach Berger
      Petition Organizer

      Reaching our initial goal of 500 signatures isn't the end. It's going to take a lot more than just 500 fans to get our voices heard. Our next goal will be 1,000, so keep sharing the petition and getting your fellow fans involved. What happened during tonight's Monday Night Football matchup between the Packers and Seahawks was just another example of this lockout's damaging impact on the integrity of the game.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Jean Millet RIVERSIDE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      player safety and fair calls

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    • Gregory Moses NAVARRE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      These reff's are messing up the game. Even Drew Brees said "they are making the game way much faster than what it should be & they aren't ready for a situation like this". Seahawks vs Packers game was the icing on the cake.

      I think that this was planned to get the old reff's back. That's my opinion though.

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    • Samantha Hill COEBURN, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am in the process of learning about the game and this situation is making it impossible for me to enjoy the game or learn anything

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    • Alma Stonehocker DEXTER, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      I love football and the refs are screwing it up!!! Horrible calls! Bring back the old refs!

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    • Steve Lall NEWARK, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Because they cheated my team the saints and if they keep the refs my team i believe will be continue cheated

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