Originally posted by frozen49er:
Just curious, I wonder what the replacements were paid? Also, they thought they may have a job for awhile, now they are on the streets. As refs, as terrible as they were, I could care a less, but suddenly there are a pile of people out of work, just a random thought from the other side of the looking glass.
Welcome back real refs and sanity again.
If I remember correctly, they got like $2k a game, vs $8k for the regular refs (someone can look this up). They got compensated pretty well for a few weeks work for some Division 2 and high school refs.
According to the new contract, shortly the officials' pay will get to over $200,000/year, plus over $18,000 (per official) contributed to their pension. About a quarter million a year sounds like a helluva lot to me, but I'm not directly paying their paychecks and I'm glad the NFL got the things that they wanted that are good for the game (ability to hire and train extra crews, bench poorly performing crews, have full-time refs etc).
[ Edited by mug0mug on Sep 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM ]