Thursday, September 27, 2012

A race to the bottom

Tommy Craggs lets folks know what the dispute between the NFL and its referees was really about


  1. Wow, that might be the stupidest thing I've ever read.

    The fact that NFL officials, who work like 100 hours per year, had a guaranteed pension was a genuine anachronism. You can't blame the officials union for fighting to keep it, but it's ridiculous to blame the NFL for taking the perfectly reasonable position that there is no competitive basis for the NFL to continue to offer a pension when there is almost no other job that offers it. Especially not a job that--like NFL officiating--pays over $100k per year for part time work. These men are perfectly capable of funding their own retirement accounts, and the NFL is going to pay them more to do it.

    The other issue that the officials were fighting against was the NFL's desire to create a stable of additional full time officials. The purpose of this is to have a larger supply of trained workers to choose from -- so that the incompetent ones don't get work. Again, this is perfectly reasonable from the NFL's perspective, and it's also reasonable for the union to want to protect its incompetent members. That's collective bargaining—it's about economic and business issues, not moral or ideological issues. Idiots like Mr. Craggs apparently cannot tell the difference.


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