The NFL Referees Association responded to NFL executive Ray Anderson's message to the league by issuing their own statement, one that questioned the league's commitment to ending the lockout. The NFLRA made clear on Wednesday just how far apart the two sides have become.
NFLRA says refs are "ready to go" and "If the NFL is serious about negotiating, we are ready, but we can’t negotiate with ourselves."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 29, 2012
Furthermore, the officials called out the NFL for not reaching out to them, then said it was "consistent" with the league's negotiating strategy, according to the Associated Press.
Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, released a statement earlier on Wednesday that told NFL teams that the league was ready to work with the replacement referees for as long as necessary. He added that they would continue to train the replacement referees, giving little evidence that an end to the lockout is in sight.
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