So, the NFL thought it would suffice to use people who lacked NFL experience to referee games instead of the regular ("unionized") refs?
What a fiasco. The "replacements" made some bad calls. The bad play calling during Monday Night Football's Packer-Seahawks game resulted in a Packers loss and caused an uproar.
The NFL took a lot of heat over it.
Certainly, Packer fans were outraged and made their displeasure known.
Some people, including Packer quarterback Aaron Rogers, sharply criticized the NFL for putting money above the safety of players and integrity of the game.
Gov. Scott Walker wanted the NFL to bring back the regular refs.
Walker? The "divide and conquer" pollitco who with the Republican-controlled state Legislature, gutted collective bargaining for many public employees and created so much turmoil and division in our state?
A consequence of their Act 10 legislation is that some school district's like New Berlin's had difficulty retaining its staff. Since past negotiated items like seniority and higher pay for advanced degrees no longer applied, many teachers left the New Berlin School District, where they did not feel valued or treated fairly. Among those who left were veteran teachers and teachers with Masters and PhD advanced degrees. Now that they were "free agents", teachers--especially experienced teachers in highly sought fields such as Physics or Special ed., could shop around for a better work environment or pay.
Replacing the regular, experienced refs proved disastrous for the NFL. Unfortunately, the big losers in this situation seem to be the Packers and the Packer fans.
The regular refs will be back in tonight's NFL game.
Let's hope that the District of New Berlin's arguably preventable loss of so many of their experienced professionals and subsequent hiring of "replacements" (lower cost, less experience?) won't have serious, long lasting, adverse effects on the District and its students.