Replacement Refs Are Coming And Roger Goodell Is Comfortable With That

There is no end in sight yet to the standstill between an the NFL and referees over a new collective bargaining agreement. Speaking with reporters at Green Bay Packers training camp on Wednesday, league commissioner Roger Goodell said he is comfortable with using replacement officials beginning with Week 1 of preseason.

There is potential for a player walkout over concerns about the game and safety if the league does decide to use referees who are retired or hail from semi-professional leagues. NFL Player Association executive director DeMaurice Smith refused to say which way players were leaning when speaking with Amy K. Nelson and SB Nation, but he did say that "[a]n unsafe working environment is always something that is actionable on behalf of our union."

Goodell said that safety is "obviously such a focus for us" while maintaining that the replacements would be trained with the players in mind.

The preseason kicks off this Sunday with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints.

You can check out Smith's interview with Amy K. below:

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.