There’s been grumblings all season about the replacement refs and how terrible they’ve been. Everyone kept saying we haven’t seen the worst backlash yet until a game is decided by them. Well, last night that happened. It was clearly two blown calls on the final play in the end zone that even someone who isn’t a fan could get right.
Now, the players, fans and media want the real refs back. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
I can tell you two of those three groups of people that want the real refs back can’t do anything other than what they’re already doing. They can beg, plead and complain, but nothing is going to be done about it. It’s up to the owners and NFL front office to get a deal done with the regular refs and pay them what they want.
After three weeks of play, do you really think an outcome like last night is going to get their attention? After all, these are multimillion dollar people and they’re looking at the bigger picture.
The only way they’re going to take notice is through the fans. Yes, that’s right, the fans.
It’s a simple solution if we want to see the end of the replacement refs and back to the normal refs. Don’t go to the games or watch them on TV. It’s as simple as that.
The NFL is a big revenue sport and the fans are the reason it’s where it’s at today. They’re looking at TV ratings, attendance and merchandise sales. None of those three have dipped even the slightest bit this season because football is as big as ever when you base it off making money on those three things. The owners and NFL higher ups could care less who’s on the field playing or reffing the game. All they care about is making money and that’s what they’re doing.
In fact, this blown call is getting more coverage on a wider range of media than ever before. If that play and blown call didn’t happen, do you think we’d be talking about a Green Bay Packers 12-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks this much?
The fans are in the rare position where they can finally get some say in the NFL. I always hear complaining about the game experience and how expensive it is now. People are griping about PSLs, single game ticket prices, concession prices, etc. They’re also complaining about paying full price to go see preseason football games. Now, the complaining has shifted to the refs.
Here you go, fans. The ball is literally in your court. What are you going to do about it? If stadiums are still near capacity and ratings are once again through the roof for this weekend’s games, then the NFL will know you don’t care about the refs or product either and keep going forward using you as leverage in the lockout negotiations with the old refs. Wake up and smell the coffee: they’re using you. It’s right in front of your face. They’re looking all this revenue of you buying jerseys, going to the games and tuning in on TV and telling the old refs “look, they’re still viewing and we’re making money.”
If we want change in the NFL to accommodate us the fans and have our voices heard, it’s time to boycott the NFL this weekend. It’s going to be hard, but there’s no other way around it. The players are crying out to you fans to boycott. I’ve heard all morning from players and ex-players begging fans to stand up for what is right and boycott. Make your voice heard.
It’s up to you fans and you’re on the platform. What are you going to do this week to change things? The world is watching.