(NEW YORK) — The NFL replacement referees made their debut in Wednesday night’s Cowboys 24-17 win over the Giants. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was happy with their performance to start the season off right.
“I think our officials did a more than adequate job last night and I think that we’ve proven that we can train them and get them up to NFL standards,” Goodell said on Thursday.
The real spotlight will be on Sunday when 13 other games kickoff, but Goodell isn’t worried.
“I think we were dealing from a position of strength from the get-go,” Goodell said. “We did this 11 years ago. The game does not stop.”
As the NFL Referees Association waits on a new deal, Goodell said that the current divide between the league and the referees is about $50 million to $70 million on a five- to seven-year deal.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN