Any NFL fan (or even casual sports fan) is aware of a labor dispute that has plagued the league this year.  The NFL officials (the guys in the black and white stripes on the field for those who don’t know football) are demanding better employment terms in order to officiate the games, including full time positions and pension plans and the league has refused their proposal numerous times.  As such, the league has hired “replacement officials” to handle all NFL games and every single official is a rookie (meaning they’ve never officiated an NFL game before).  It’s your typical labor dispute between two parties who feel their entitled.

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