The last thing we need in New Jersey or this country for that matter, is more government. But in the case of the NFL and it’s referee lockout, we may have found an exception.

Does the President need to step in on the referees strike?
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Last nights Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers debacle where 2 officials, looking at the same play, saw two different things on Golden Tate’s alleged touchdown should have been the last straw.

It’s been going on week after week this NFL season. Games are taking longer and longer while replacement referees attempt to get it right while the league continues its dispute with the real refs.  Fans in New Jersey who shelled out top dollar for season tickets for both the Giants and Jets are getting a diluted product with no end in sight. Can you think of any other business that could get away with this?


The league and the officials' union met Sunday without reaching any agreement on ending the lockout that began in June. The players' union also called on the 32 team owners to end the lockout because it is compromising the integrity of the game.


Maybe it’s time for government to step in and force an end. President Obama commenting last year on the players strike insisted that the two parties should be able to work out a deal. "You've got owners, most of whom are worth close to a billion dollars. You've got players who are making millions of dollars," Obama reportedly said. "People are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making mortgage [payments]. The two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening.


To quote the Monkees (and who would have expected a Monkee quote in this article?) “That was then, This is now” Who would have thought when the players were locked out that it could possibly get worse?


If the President were to get involved, or even hint to Commissioner Roger Goodell that he might get involved, it could make things happen. No league or business wants the government in their business and with the power trip NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is on, it may take the President of the United States to bring him back to earth


It’s surprising that with a Presidential election going on, that neither of the candidates have weighed in on this travesty. Take our poll and let us know if you think the NFL needs a government intervention.

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