NewsNation | September 27, 2012
>>> the nfl 's regular referees will be back on the fields in a few hours when the browns take on the ravens. the league and it's 121 locked-out officials reached a tentative deal late last night. roger goodell was asked whether the deal was prompted by outrage over monday night he's blown call that caused the packers their victory over the seahawks.
>> it helped to push it to the point where we were -- got the agreement that we really needed to get and kept us in there. i think there was a real pressure, i think, for everyone to get the officials back on the field this weekend.
>> under the tentative eight-year deal, the refs get most of what they wanted. their pension plan is intact for the next four years. average salaries to $135,000 a year to. the you've been fired up about it. i heard you all morning long on a tear about this. did it come down to the fans and that awful call -- well, one of a couple of awful calls we watched, dave?
>> one way to describe it that makes it very clear. as of monday morning the nfl was offeri offering bup kiss to the referees and they were begging them to come to the table. one play he crystallized for the entire nfl universe the problem. it took 70,000 phone calls to the nfl offices, 1 million tweets concerned by the president of the darn united states not to mention the mayor of green bay and the concern for the union by the most anti-union politician in the united states , governor scott walker of wisconsin. that's all it took to move the owners to the negotiating table.
>> you talk about the president. jay carney earlier today said the president's reaction was they're pleased the two sides came together and ensure they're going forward when we watch the favorite teams play in the nfl . how ironic the ravens play tonight with the regular refs because in, and it was one of their games in question.
>> it was the sunday night game , which before monday night was the topic of the conversation. what happened on sunday night cannot be said on your wonderful family program, but it involved 70,000 fans in unison for a solid minute chanting profanity at the official. it involved the new england coach, bill belichick , physically trying to grab one of the officials. i have it on good authority from a source inside the nfl who said to me that one of their great concerns is all this anger will spill overonto the field and you might see a player or coach actually take a swing at one of these overmatched, undertrained scab yefres.
>> costas said on the "today" show he was concerned about the safety, if one call went against the home team , who would somebody with too many beers react to all of this? the bolt tom line is the amount of money the nfl brings in. the tv deals and merchandise. it goes on and on and on. why did it get to this point over what seemed like a reachable agreement all along?
>> this could have been settled for the price of a 30-second super bowl ad .
>> what happened?
>> what happened is simply. this is by ideology and not about economy. there have been four lockouts in the last year. two in the nfl , the nba and now nhl players . in each lockout the owners have hired the same law firm with the same negotiators. this is about a legal strategy, a labor management strategy that i would argue has seeped over from the larger business world that somehow sees a lockout, which used to be the considered the third rail of bargaining as an acceptable tamtics. it is highlighted for the country, the gap between skilled union labor and unskilled nonunion labor for everybody to see. i hope people in wisconsin are going to ask scott walkers why skilled union labor good enough for nfl officials but not good enough for firefighters and teachers in the state of wisconsin .
>> i'll see how happy you are about the regular refs that call something you don't like. we'll see.
>> i'll be cheering for the first call, but i can't promise the second.