UNDATED -- The NFL season kicks off Wednesday night with the New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys. With the league locked in a labor dispute with the referees union, replacement referees will be used to officiate the game.
Negotiations between the NFL and referees over pay and other matters have been on and off for months. In the meantime, the league hired replacement refs from the college and high school ranks.
Some of their work in preseason games has come under fire, from penalty calls to communication issues.
The 121 NFL referees are considered part-time workers and have outside careers. Last year, those refs were paid an average of nearly $150,000 plus benefits.
Former Razorback and Dallas Cowboy sits down with Craig O'Neill to talk about how replacement refs will impact players on the field.