(AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is apologizing to
fans for having to use replacement officials during a lockout of
regular refs. The impasse led to three weeks of questionable calls
– and one that cost the Green Bay Packers a win.
Goodell made his comments Thursday during a conference call
about 12 hours after the referees’ union and league agreed on a
tentative deal that will allow the regular officials to return
beginning with Thursday night’s Browns-Ravens game.
You can hear that game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340.
Goodell says: “Something like this, it’s painful for everybody.
Most importantly, it’s painful for fans. We’re sorry to have to put
fans through that.”
He added: “Sometimes you have to go through something like that
in the short term for the right agreement for the long term.”
The deal was struck two days after Seattle’s chaotic last-second
win over Green Bay in which the replacements missed a call.
(AP) – The San Francisco Giants have informed
Melky Cabrera’s agent they won’t bring the suspended outfielder
back at any point this postseason.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement before Thursday’s
finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco’s final
regular-season home game.
Bochy says the NL West champion Giants will move forward into
the best-of-five divisional series with the 25 players they have.
Cabrera’s suspension takes him through the first five games of the
playoffs, so he would have been eligible in the NL championship
series if San Francisco advanced.
The All-Star game MVP, batting an NL-leading .346, was suspended
Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text. Last Friday, Cabrera
asked to be removed from contention for the NL batting crown,
saying he had no wish to win a tainted title.