(NEW YORK) — With replacement officials scheduled to start the NFL regular season next week, it looks like they may have jobs a little longer than anyone else expected. The NFL Referees Association and the league have broken off talks after the third day of meetings on Saturday after failing to reach a resolution on a new labor deal.
Lead negotiator for the referees Mike Arnold isn’t pleased with talks stalling once again.
“We are disappointed because it means that our members will not be back on the field for Week 1 of the regular season due to the NFL’s continuing lockout,” Arnold said in a statement on Saturday. “We remain willing to negotiate with the NFL in order to reach a fair agreement.
“However, no additional meetings are scheduled at this time.”
Replacement officials make their regular season debut during the regular-season opener between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.
The NFL also said on Saturday that they will be proceeding with replacement crews until a deal is reached. The NFLRA was locked out in early June.
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