Rebel Media: Stop if you've heard this before...NFL refs are part-timers with pensions
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Being an avid fan of the National Football League, it's really getting hard to watch the games that are "under control" of the replacement referees.
That being said, I'm sure we would still have some confusion and controversy if the regular refs were in place, but the lockout has really magnified the bad calls over the season's first three weeks.
Last night's call that hosed the Packers was just awful on many fronts. But that's not what I want to talk about I want to point out something else:
Being an NFL referee is a part-time job. Most of these guys are white collar executives knocking down six figures and then making another six figures for a weekend job. Pretty sweet.
I was listening to some sports talk over the weekend and one of the hosts asked "Where else do part-time employees get full-time pensions?"
The State of Illinois, of course. Our part-time legislators get money that is far more than the average full-time wage in the state and a pension that eventually pays you as much as you were making when you were in office.
But regardless of who is right and who is wrong, it's obvious the NFL needs the regular refs back. People I know who are diehard fans are talking about boycotting. It's the one pro sport I thought was bulletproof. I was wrong. Here's the latest.
Of course, if the players union was so concerned about it, they would stand in solidarity with their union brothers and not work without them.
Even Doc Holliday's hypocrisy only went so far.