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Ref lockout may last into season

Updated: August 14, 2012, 10:24 AM ET
By Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter | ESPN

League executives said Monday they now foresee starting the 2012 regular season with replacement officials.

At a time when players are openly criticizing replacement officials and coaches are privately grumbling about them, the NFL and NFL Referees Association are not making any progress towards a new deal, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Economics play a part in the stalemate, but league brass said there are two other issues hanging over and hanging ...

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