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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Replacement Refs Stepped on the Wrong Toes

Oct 1, 2012

Did you notice how quickly the NFL, which had been stalling for months, ended its lockout of unionized referees? All it took was the really bad call ending Monday night’s game, giving Seattle the win instead of Green Bay.

Was the NFL embarrassed that millions of people could see the ineptitude of its replacement refs over and over on instant replay? Maybe.

But more to the point, someone whispered in the NFL commissioner’s ear that 300 million dollars changed hands when the blown call prevented the Packers from covering the bookies’ betting line of 4½ points and instead gave the upset victory to the Seahawks.

And those gamblers don’t play!