Folks, this is something that you can file under “Sad but true.”
I think it is widely acknowledged that the National Football League, with their replacement officials, have lowered the standard in terms of the quality of the officiating that we, the general viewing public have viewed either in person or on television.
While at this point we are, by and large, immunized to the fact that the replacement referees are inferior, it is interesting to note where the replacements were working at prior to getting hired by the NFL.
Oddly enough, some of the refs – and folks, I am not making this up – have plied their trade in none other than the Lingerie Football League.
According to Mitch Mortaza, commissioner of the aforementioned football league, is as surprised as anyone that refs that were formerly employed by the LFL have found a home as an official in the NFL. And not surprisingly, he has stated that the NFL has lowered its standards in terms of the quality of referees they have put on the field.
While the NFL claims that the quality of officiating during their games is important, Mortaza goes a step further, stating that he cares about the officiating that takes place in the league where he serves as the commisioner – a faux Roger Goodell, if you will.
And speaking of the subpar refs that used to work in the LFL, Mortaza said:
“They were hurting our overall broadcast caliber. And if it’s opening up our players for potential injury, those things raise red flags here. Is it hurting overall credibility? When either of those two things are compromised, it’s time to start thinking about parting ways.”
Apparently, the Lingerie Football League does background and resume checks on their referees. Does the NFL do the same? If what Montaza says is in fact true, the League is doing NFL fans a great disservice by hiring officials of dubious backgrounds to work games in the pre- and regular season. The current roster of officials in the NFL are obviously subpar, as evidenced in the Green Bay–Seattle game Monday night.
The LFL, while small players in the professional football world, have illustrated why the National Football League, as soon as humanly possible, need to get back to the bargaining table with the refs’ union of record and work a bit harder in getting the “competent” officials back on the football field. Otherwise, watching the NFL games are going to be the equivalent of watching a Pop Warner game. And the game of football and the NFL will suffer, as a result.