Packers-Seahawks controversy not pushing NFL to make deal with regular refs - Peter King - SI.com Best article I read so far as to what is happening. It seems like the NFL wants to wrest some control from the referees - more referee crews with the ability to replace the underperforming ones mid-season. The refs want to be guaranteed to work 15 games per season, not including injury. In all honesty, if the league got its way, it would ultimately lead to a better product as there are some average referee crews out there like Ron Winters' group. This is not going to end any time soon.