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08:02 AM ET 09.19 | A couple of Giants players sounded off Tuesday on the NFL's use of replacement refs, though their criticisms went nowhere near the fears that others have expressed. Gambling experts from sports-book operators to university professors say the NFL's replacement referee saga has produced an environment ripe for corruption. Officiating on a game-by-game basis as the referee lockout continues, replacements have more incentive to throw a game for cash. ... That's a fair assessment, says Dr. Lia Nower, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. "You take into account what you have to lose vs. what the payout would be. You're most likely to do it when you don't have your livelihood wrapped up in it," Nower says.

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September 19, 2012  08:07 AM ET

what was that about the 'integrity' of the game again?

September 19, 2012  08:07 AM ET

When I saw Paulie Walnuts as a back judge, I said, "Hey...."

September 19, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Tim Donaghy is willing to ref in the NFL if they want to clean things up.

September 19, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Tim Donaghy is willing to ref in the NFL if they want to clean things up.

I wouldn't BET on that!

September 19, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Wait until after the election. The really corrupt people in the country are all busy right now.

September 19, 2012  08:23 AM ET

The Center for Gambling Studies?

September 19, 2012  08:24 AM ET

I'm looking forward to when we can go back to the normal refs mistakes.

September 19, 2012  08:26 AM ET
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The Center for Gambling Studies?

at Rutgers? Would have thought it would be in Vegas.

September 19, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Well I guess so!

Sean McCoy said during the game, one of the reffs said, "I need you. You're on my fantasy team."

September 19, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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at Rutgers? Would have thought it would be in Vegas.

Atlantic City is close by. It wouldn't surprise me if New Jersey extorted money from the casino owners to open up this think tank, clearly a jobs program for out-of-work Sociology PhDs.

They'd be better off spending the money fixing potholes.

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September 19, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Was flipping thru the games last weekend on the NFL package, and Can't remember what game it was but a Ref had a rulebook out and was looking something up....it was on Sportcenter later that night.

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September 19, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Was flipping thru the games last weekend on the NFL package, and Can't remember what game it was but a Ref had a rulebook out and was looking something up....it was on Sportcenter later that night.

He probably was checking the point spread.

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September 19, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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...but a Ref had a rulebook out and was looking something up...

Well, they've already used up their "ask the audience" lifeline. Maybe we should give them phones so they can call a friend.

September 19, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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He probably was checking the point spread.

He was looking up a recipe for "disaster."

September 19, 2012  09:16 AM ET

I think these replacement refs would blow taking a bribe. It would have to go up to the booth to see if they maintained possession.

September 19, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Maybe Goodell will do us a favor and lock out the reporters next.

 
September 19, 2012  09:28 AM ET

It would be on their facebook page the same day. Though, one of those refs in the game Monday night looked an awful lot like Art Schlichter . ....Just sayin'

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