Dear Roger Goodell,
I understand that you are running a business. You are basically the CEO of the National Football League, which makes billions of dollars every year. I also understand that smart people with money are not inclined to just give it way.
With that being said, is this replacement referee headache truly worth the $10 to $20 million dollars that is keeping this deal from getting done? I know that rich people do not separate from money when they do not have to.
I am not foolish enough to believe that contract disputes with unions are easy. I know that they are touchy, difficult and that no one wants to get the short end of the stick. But right now it is us, the fans, who are getting shorted.
As a fan I am starting to worry that it is going to take a player getting hurt for all of this to finally resolve itself. I know in business, tough decisions and hard lines need to be drawn for the good of the business involved.
But is this hard line really for the good of the business or good for you and the owner’s pockets?
When this referee lockout first happened, fans were promised that the integrity of the game would not be compromised. If that was the case then why in the world would you get officials that worked in Division II and III? These are guys that were doomed from the very start.
First, your rule book is 288 pages long! Second these guys have never worked in front of 60,000 people or even been in games with huge stakes.
Is ruining a great product by continuing to employ extremely under-qualified people because the most qualified want what players and regular people get all the time, which is a raise?
A Concerned Fan