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NJ State Senate President Wants to Ban Replacement Refs

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You can hear the calls from Pop Warner football fields to the New Jersey State Legislature.

They may not be professionals but even the Northwest Raiders Pop Warner team knows something is wrong in the NFL.

"It's putting the game in shambles. It's not fair to the players out there risking everything" says Assistant Coach Rich Williams.

Just when fans thought it couldn't get any worse--it did on Monday Night Football.  Replacement officials blew a game ending call during the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packer game when the Seahawks won on a controversial touchdown catch where it appeared to be a Packer interception.
  Now from the fields of North Philadelphia to the State Capitol in Trenton--a push to end the referee lockout.  

 "We're not going to have fake refs" said State Senate President Steve Sweeney.
He introduced legislation to ban replacement referees in all pro games held in the state--citing player safety and consumer fraud.

"That's not fair to those that are fans that put big money out to enjoy supporting their team and it's got to stop" said Sweeney.

You don't have to be a pro to understand what's going on.--when fans are talking about more about referees  than the games itself--something has to give.

"It's messing the game up a little bit but until the refs come back they'll have to get used to it" said one Pop Warner player.

15 hours of mediation between the officials and the NFL ended with no deal. Once an agreement is made it could be a week or more before officials are back on the field.



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