Speak Out: Should NFL Fans Boycott?

Fed up with blown calls, a group of football fans is urging others to stop watching games for five days.

Fed up with the inconsistent quality of replacement referee and blown calls, a group of football fans are calling for a five-day boycott of the NFL.

Organized by several Wisconsin residents, the boycott would run from Thursday through Sunday to cover the fourth week of the season.

The fans say their patience was already thin with the bad officiating, but the final call at the end of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game was the ruling that spurred them to action. 

Brian Dey and Eddie Willing issued a statement that said:  "The union contract negotiations have been mishandled for several seasons, and this is the worst, at the hands of (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell."

Fellow football fans can find more details about the boycott by going to the event's Facebook page. Fans can also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #nflboycott.

Packer fans can be found across the country, but especially in South Carolina, where former Gamecock standouts Sterling Sharpe and Robert Brooks played in Green Bay.

Many other South Carolinians pull for the Carolina Panthers or Atlanta Falcons.

Will you boycott the NFL until the regular referees are returned? Comment below.

Billy Bob September 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I vote that we all quit watching until the real refs are back on the field. We need to send a message that the league is where it is because of the fans. Somehow that has been forgotten.
Robert Kelly September 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
More importantly (because I am about to sidetrack onto politics), Paul Ryan the GOP VP nominee has come out in favor of unions!!! He is really upset because of how the Green Bay Packers lost their game to Seattle, and thinks the NFL should get the referees back on the field! So the GOP hate unions, but the will support unions if it is important enough...like making sure the guys in your home city uniforms win games they ought to win. Regardless of where those guys actually live outside of football season.
Robert Kelly September 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Will the referees finally bring back the stature of unions? If I believed they could do that, I would promise to boycott as many games as it takes. Without unions, goodbye middle class.
stephen holloway September 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
sure will. im boycotting the nfl and all official sponsers not that the sponsers are guilty of any wrong doing. however if the nfl refuses to listen to fans players owners etc.... maybe if the sponsers start losing money at the hands of the nfls toxic greed the nfl itself might get this ref issue resolved when their sponsers start protesting and threatening to pull contracts.
reg September 27, 2012 at 05:58 AM
this is what you get when you try to bypass trained, skilled staff with replacement by last-minute fill-ins. Shoot, if this what the team owners want, let them move their teams to China, for pete's sake


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