A New Jersey state legislator has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban the use of replacement referees for professional sporting events held in Jersey. Senate President Stephen Sweeney cited the replacement refs’ struggles to control the players and game as a motive for the legislation.
“This past weekend in the NFL has not only made a mockery of a great sport, but shined a very bright light on how important fully trained and professional officiating is to player safety,” Sweeney said in a statement. “We wouldn’t allow a factory or construction site to operate without fully trained supervisors on hand to ensure the safety of employees. Why should we do anything differently when the job site is a playing field?”
Additionally, he noted that fans have lost on their investment on tickets as a result of the whole ordeal. [Inquirer]