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NFL must get real officials back soon

Mistake-prone replacements are embarrassing the league, even in the preseason

Originally Published: August 10, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NFL replacement officials are the easiest targets in sports these days.

Based on their work in the first seven preseason games, it's easy to understand why.

They've been terrible. But get used to it, because I expect this mess to last through at least the second week of the preseason.

In an attempt to cut the best financial deal for owners, the NFL is flexing its muscles in labor talks with real officials. That's fine -- it's business. But unfortunately these labor pains are ...

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