"No game official will lose any vested pension benefit under our proposal and the clubs will fully fund all pension obligations," the league said.
The NFL used replacement officials for the opening weekend of the 2001 season. Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a new CBA soon was reached.
But many of the officials used 11 years ago had worked at the highest college level, and the NFLRA says the officials being interviewed now aren't nearly as experienced.
"Players know who we are," Hochuli said. "They were kids watching us on TV. There's a certain amount of, 'Hey, I realize Hochuli is watching what I'm doing.' If they've got a high school or junior college official out there, they're going to do more."
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