This is a list of 2012 NFL replacement officials that officiated National Football League (NFL) games as a result of the 2012 NFL referee lockout. Due to a labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the 2012 NFL season began with replacement officials working the games. These replacement officials consisted of high school or college officials. Some were from professional leagues such as the Arena Football League and the Lingerie Football League. Unlike the previous lockout in 2001, very few of the replacements were Division I referees since the league wanted to protect them from union backlash and to let them continue working their scheduled games during the concurrent college football season. In addition, many of the top Division I conferences barred their officials f

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  • This is a list of 2012 NFL replacement officials that officiated National Football League (NFL) games as a result of the 2012 NFL referee lockout. Due to a labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the 2012 NFL season began with replacement officials working the games. These replacement officials consisted of high school or college officials. Some were from professional leagues such as the Arena Football League and the Lingerie Football League. Unlike the previous lockout in 2001, very few of the replacements were Division I referees since the league wanted to protect them from union backlash and to let them continue working their scheduled games during the concurrent college football season. In addition, many of the top Division I conferences barred their officials from becoming replacements since they employed current and former NFL referees as officiating supervisors. Replacements were used in the first three weeks of the season. Controversy over a game-winning touchdown on the final play of a nationally televised Monday Night Football game in week 3 spurred an agreement 48 hours later between the NFL and its officials. In an open letter to fans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told fans "you deserve better" than games being officiated by replacements. He regretted an agreement not being reached sooner and the "unfortunate distractions to the game." He continued with "...the new contract will improve officiating and commends the replacements for their dedication." (en)
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  • This is a list of 2012 NFL replacement officials that officiated National Football League (NFL) games as a result of the 2012 NFL referee lockout. Due to a labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the 2012 NFL season began with replacement officials working the games. These replacement officials consisted of high school or college officials. Some were from professional leagues such as the Arena Football League and the Lingerie Football League. Unlike the previous lockout in 2001, very few of the replacements were Division I referees since the league wanted to protect them from union backlash and to let them continue working their scheduled games during the concurrent college football season. In addition, many of the top Division I conferences barred their officials f (en)
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  • List of 2012 NFL replacement officials (en)
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