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The NFL's Replacement Referees Could Be Banned In New Jersey

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NFL Referee walks by yellow flag.

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One lawmaker says the replacements are putting players in danger and defrauding fans.

Senate Majority President Stephen Sweeney says it is one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on; ending the NFL's referee lockout.

That is why he is drafting a bill that would ban replacement referees in New Jersey. Sweeney, an avid football fan, says there is no reason why players should be put in danger and fans robbed of the sport they love.

"It's about putting a product on the field that people are paying for," Sweeney said in a phone interview. "We're not getting what we're paying for, and that's fraud."

Sweeney admits he is a Green Bay Packers fan, and Monday night's controversial call played a part in his decision to move on legislation against replacement referees. In that game, the Packers lost on a touchdown call in favor of the Seattle Seahawks. Some NFL commentators say the play should have been ruled an interception.

As for Sweeney's potential ban, the NFL said they appreciate his interest. They were also quick to point out that they have been in negotiations with the referees union for the past week. 

New Jersey is home to two of the league's biggest teams; the New York Jets and New York Giants.

 

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