BY RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Writer
The NFL referee lockout finally ended Wednesday morning after the infamous ending on ESPN’s Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, last week.
Four preseason games and three regular season games were not enough for the replacement referees to adjust to the game of professional football, and all the personalities that come along with it.
The replacement referee situation eventually became worse each week, as they received heavy criticism from the media, fans, players, and coaches. Coaches Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, and John Fox and Jack Del Rio of the Denver Broncos were all fined by the NFL after heckling replacement refs after questionable calls.
In an open letter from the NFL league office, commissioner Roger Goodell said that the “fans deserve better.”
“I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game,” said Goodell.
The regular referees were slated to officiate Week 4’s games. They received standing ovations from fans in attendance during Thursday Night Football between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, and especially in Green Bay, who had the call go against them against the Seahawks.