NFLPA STATEMENT ON LOCKOUT OF NFL REFEREE Dan Leberfeld
The NFL Players Association is concerned about the NFLs decision to lock out professional referees and recruit scabs to serve as referees in NFL games for the 2012 season.
In 2011, the NFL tasked officials with increased responsibilities in protecting player health and safety, and its search for scabs undermines that important function.
Professional athletes require professional referees, and we believe in the NFL Referees Associations trained first responders. The NFLPA will continue to monitor the leagues actions in this situation.