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NFL refs deny strike threat

Updated: June 5, 2012, 7:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The NFL Referees Association is disputing a claim by the league that the officials threatened to take a strike vote after their contract expired.

Mike Arnold, counsel for the officials, says Tuesday that claim is "patently false."

"The NFLRA has never threatened to strike," Arnold said. "After repeated references by the NFL during negotiations regarding its plans to obtain replacement officials, the NFLRA briefed its members at its annual meeting on April 21, 2012. No ...

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