A little over a week ago, Steve Young provided a few remarks regarding the NFL and replacement referees.
He made poignant statements pertaining to what he believed to be the absolute power residing with the NFL during the pension negotiations, and that due to the 'inelastic demand' of the product, that is, football, that the NFL would be able to stall and if forced to, acquire Division III College refs to officiate the game, and would continue to do use replacement referees, no matter the quality, until the locked-out referees caved in, as people would watch football regardless, the product too powerful to succumb to such pedestrian forces as final scores and fan outrage. The other analysts on the panel - Stuart Scott and Trent Dilfer - disagreed, saying it was hurting the integrity of the
game and something had to be done. "Doesn't matter" was Young's response.
Turns out it did matter. Seattle vs Green Bay was officially the straw that broke the camel's back, and the position of power the NFL and its franchise owner's believed they controlled had been diminished away before their very eyes as a collective audience - fans, players, coaches, executives - globally, watched Golden Tate awarded a touchdown for escaping with offensive pass checking/interference and then somehow, with one arm and a fingernail on the ball, gained 'simultaneous control', followed by comical horror as that same collective audience gasped as one:
2 hours later, the value of the shield was now simmering on a public stove while the beauty of the game went into meltdown.
3 days later, with the NFL reeling, a new deal has been done, and the O.G. referees are back in business until 2018. Steve Young, at first viewing must have looked like a wise old sage with his pronunciations of 'inelastic demand'. If only he understood the fine machinations that require a product to have inelastic demand, he would never have been foolish enough to make such a statement. Anyone can choose to not watch the NFL if they believe that they cannot take the final result at face value, the result determined by forces outside the control of player ability and coaching strategy. (Read: Italian soccer.)
Yet Steve had now changed his tune, with no mention of inelastic demand but only of the officiating having a significant effect on the 'competitive landscape'. Nothing nobody with even an elementary understanding of the game would have already deduced after Week 1. So here's to Steve Young, a hell of a football player and a mediocre economist. Here's to Roger Godell, now exposed wearing the 'Emperor's New Clothes'. And here's to the referee's, back in the heezy doing what they do best -making' less' dodgy calls, saving bookies millions, rescuing travelling fans from random acts of violence in Wisconsin, and ensuring Seattle get a 2013 top 10 draft pick.