Replacement referees have become one of the biggest storylines of the 2012 NFL season as Roger Goodell and the league owners continue to lock out the legitimate officials.
The replacement refs have had some high-profile screw-ups, been called out by some high-profile players and have proven that the NFL didn't do a great job in vetting them. All of this stands in the way and tarnishes the quality of an otherwise great game.
That's the what, the where, the when and the who, but what about the why?
Why has the NFL locked out its referees, and what is it that the real referees want that the owners aren't willing to give them?