tonight. Knew we move on to football. Split second call that had everyone in arms today. Professional football referees are locked out in a contract battle with the nfl and their replacements have... See More
tonight. Knew we move on to football. Split second call that had everyone in arms today. Professional football referees are locked out in a contract battle with the nfl and their replacements have been called in pretty amateur convenient venue. Last night was not pretty. Here's dan harris. Reporter: There are eight seconds on the clock the seattle seahawks are losing to the green bay packers. And the seattle quarterback throws a hail mary. Fought for by tate with jennings, simultaneous. Who has it? Who will they give it to? Touchdown! Reporter: Look at what the two replacement referees do. One of them rules it a touchdown while the other says no. To me, it looks like a jennings interception. Reporter: Moments later, though. After further review, the call on the field stands. Touchdown. The game is over. Reporter: That set off an instant firestorm. This is comical to me. Mike, I tell you, that's two of the worst calls at the end of a football game I can remember. Reporter: The announcers complain, the coaches and do social the quarterback. Online others post the nfl commissioner's phone number and launch expletive-filled rants. Today, president obama, himself, weighed in, saying the call was "terrible." A rare point of agreement with republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan, himself a packers fan. Give me a break. It's time to get the real refs. Reporter: The real refs have been locked out since june, as part of a labor dispute. All season, the replacement refs the league brought in have been the source of enormous frustration. So, who are they? According to espn, the man who called last night's touchdown is a local executive for bank of america who only officiated high school and junior college football games. Today, we have also learned that another replacement ref -- not involved in last night's game -- has been fired from something called the lingerie football league for incompetence. If there's any good to come out of this, aside for seattle fans, oh, my god it's amazing. Reporter: It's that this uproar may help end the lookout. Tonight, the two sides are reportedly back at the table. Dan harris, abc news, new york. Now I want to bring in michael wilbon from our espn co-hosts. Pardon the interruption. Michael, let me get you to say what you think. All you said so cards this is fraud, incompetent. What is the one word you want to use? One word. Shameful. I don't know they can be embarra embarrassed. Somebody might tell the people they're not actually wearing clothes. They don't seem to care. The ratings are going up. The popularity of the league is not threatened. But the players' association says even further that it's endangering the players. There are issue as safety involved as well, competitive issues. If you got those two thing, you would really look to have a league which is not thinking about the integrity of its game the way it says it does. Where does this end? How much longer will this go on? I don't see it being a tipping point. I hope I'm being too cynical and this will wind up resolving itself. I can see this going on for weeks not days. Michael wilbwilbon, thanks so much and hello to everybody at "pti."
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