The NFL has had its issues with referees through the years, most recently when a collective bargaining dispute brought the infamous “replacement refs” to the league in 2012.
Now, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert and Adam Schefter, the NFL is considering making its referees full-time employees.
Competition committee wants to begin hiring full-time referees in time for the 2017 season, per @SeifertESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2017
There’s no empirical evidence that says referees will be better if the job is full-time, and the NFL will have to pay them well-enough to still attract top talent. However, logically, if the pay is good, then top officials will want to become full-time refs and spend more time practicing their craft.
But if this means I don’t get to see Gene Steratore at lightly-attending Northwestern basketball games anymore, it might not be worth it.