(Sports Network) - The NFL and its officials' union broke off talks again on
Saturday without an agreement and it appears as though the season will start
The NFL Referees Association released a statement Saturday and said no further
meetings have been scheduled.
"We met with the NFL this morning and discussed various potential solutions to
reach a new collective bargaining agreement," the NFLRA statement began.
"Unfortunately, we were unable to reach any agreement.
"We are disappointed because it means our members will not be back on the
field for Week 1 of the regular season due to the NFL's continuing lockout. We
remain willing to negotiate with the NFL in order to reach a fair agreement.
However, no additional meetings are scheduled at this time."
The NFL issued a memo to all teams earlier this week, indicating that the
regular season would start with replacement officials. It may have served as a
negotiating ploy, as both sides convened for discussions that apparently did
nothing to alleviate the stalemate.
According to the NFL, the sides remain far apart on economic issues including
pay and pension, and non-economic issues involving the league's wish to be
able to replace officials it believes are performing inadequately.
The regular season begins Wednesday when the reigning Super Bowl champion New
York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys.
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