The NFL Fiasco: Why Referees Are Like Chicago Teachers

The ref on the left signals a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks, but the ref on the right signals a change in possession on the last play of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 24 in Seattle. The Seahawks won 14-12. Photograph by Stephen Brashear/AP Photo

The National Football League’s lockout of the NFL Referees Association is a clash of historic proportions. Never before has so much media attention been paid to a labor dispute involving so few actual laborers—the 120 NFL referees. And until Monday night, it seemed this was a labor dispute with little impact.

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