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The NFL knows that fans love football enough that we’re going to watch the games no matter who the officials are. And so the owners aren’t concerned that angering the fans by locking out the officials could affect their bottom lines. But if the owner has his head coach and his general manager in his office, telling him, "These refs are going to cost us a game," that might be a message that gets the owner to act.

Fan outcry won’t affect ref lockout, but coaches and GMs might | ProFootballTalk
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