Since there appears to be no settlement between the NFL referees and the league in the near future, fans can expect to see replacement refs very soon.
In fact, the replacements will be working this Sunday's Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio to open the preseason.
"Yes we are," NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson said to the NFL Network when asked about using replacement refs. "Our replacement crews are deployed to training camps now and our crew will be prepared for the Hall of Fame Game Sunday and we will kick off and start our NFL season."
The NFL has offered 5-to-11-percent raises to the current officials, according to Anderson.
"It always comes down to money," he said. "So there's dollars and a pension plan structure that they want to continue and we want to substitute for. Those are the two main issues, frankly: dollars and pension. And we're at disagreement and we'll get back to the table shortly."