Steve Sweeney, a Democratic Senator from Gloucester plans to introduce legislation prohibiting NFL games with replacement referees from being playing in New Jersey. Finally, a politician willing to put his name out there and take advantage of this mess. From NJ.com:
“This past weekend in the NFL has not only made a mockery of a great sport, but shined a very bright light on how important fully trained and professional officiating is to player safety,” Sweeney said in a statement. “We wouldn’t allow a factory or construction site to operate without fully trained supervisors on hand to ensure the safety of employees. Why should we do anything differently when the job site is a playing field?”
Notice that no politicians from New York are getting involved. The only real New York team is the Buffalo Bills and they are supposed to get screwed by someone every year.
“Whether the sport is football, soccer or baseball, when referees don’t know how to properly enforce the rules, there is a real chance for unnecessary and serious injury,” said Sweeney. “If the NFL insists on putting replacement officials on the field, putting players at risk, then the state shouldn’t be playing a part in that.”
The 49ers will be traveling to New Jersey this Sunday to play the Jets. Hopefully, Steve Sweeney will have sorted this mess out by then.