Tentatively, it calls for their salaries to increase from an average of $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013, rising to $205,000 by 2019.This involves the NFL making a significant concession on pensions. Though the officials' pensions will ultimately be frozen, NFL management wanted them gone right away. It's a concession that probably wouldn't have been made without the outrage over Monday night's game.
Under the proposal, the current defined benefit pension plan will remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season or until the official earns 20 years of service. The defined benefit plan will then be frozen.
Retirement benefits will be provided for new hires and for all officials beginning in 2017, through a defined contribution arrangement. The annual league contribution made on behalf of each game official will begin with an average of more than $18,000 per official and increase to more than $23,000 per official in 2019.
Beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option to hire a number of officials on a full-time basis to work year round, including on the field. The NFL also will be able to retain additional officials for training and development, and can assign those officials to work games. The number of additional officials will be determined by the league.
The real, union refs will be a major improvement over the scab refs, but their first games may be a little rusty as they've missed the opportunity the preseason usually affords to sharpen their skills. However, the officials have been preparing to come back by watching video and taking rules tests.
Now the players of the National Hockey League are the only running sports lockout as their league's owners and management go for the greed.