Mark my words. First, understand that $1500/week for 20 weeks is not a huge sum of money. I would not take a job that pays less money, on a temporary basis, that I'm simply unqualified for. So who would? Only someone who sees 1500x20 as a great deal of money, which amounts to about $30000 before tax. This has to be a great deal more than any of these replacement referees can make over the course over 6 months. Why else would you subject yourself to such public scrutiny and humiliation? Well, you have a group of financially challenged individuals with a sudden huge stake in a multi-billion dollar industry. Well how do you cash in? There's two ways, accept 6 figure bribes to influence games, or get yourself struck by a player. The former means if you're caught you would be facing criminal charges. If your chief motivator for being a replacement referee is money, do you think its beyond them to goad players with bad calls into violent reaction? Look how angry Wilfork was in the final seconds of the game. Right now botched, phantom calls have become so commonplace in these games that there is no consequence to the referees for any mistakes. How could there be, its a temporary gig for small sum of money and there is no one to replace them. Think of the players in the league with violent, checkered pasts that you could throw a phantom call to provoke. A few come to mind immediately, and I don't mean any Patriots. The official has the golden cover of "incompetence" to protect himself from any implications. Think about it.