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Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Replacements remain on board

No progress made in contract dispute between league, referees

September 11, 2001

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— Replacement officials will work the second week of the NFL season after negotiators for the locked-out union and the league decided they were too far apart to resume talks.

Tom Condon, chief negotiator for the NFL Referees Assn., offered to resume talks in a call Monday to Jeff Pash, the league's chief negotiator. But NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said it was clear there was little hope of talks reopening.

"We have notified the alternate officials they will be on the field in Week 2," Aiello said.

On Saturday, the NFL pulled off the table its offer for a 60 percent wage increase and the doubling of salaries by 2003.

Earlier Monday, Condon was told talks could only resume if members of the officials' four-man negotiating team were on hand to facilitate a deal. Condon, who lives in Kansas City, was at the Chiefs-Raiders game Sunday and called it the worst officiated professional game he had ever seen.

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