By Gavin Godfrey, CNN
(CNN) – The National Football League's 2012 regular season is underway.
For the first time in NFL history, replacement referees are making the calls on the field. Labor talks between the NFL and their referees have gone nowhere and both players and coaches have voiced their disappointment.
So does the current situation with its referees spell bad business for the league? Does a second lockout in less than 13 months mean Commissioner Roger Goodell is failing as a CEO?
According to players like retired Pro Bowl punt returner Allen Rossum, this case is another example of Goodell and the league trying to do too much.
[1:07] "Overall I think he wants to control and have complete control."
On the other side of the coin, sports economy experts like Dr. Thomas Smith of Emory University see Goodell as someone just doing his job. He says the commissioner shouldn't be judged by either this lockout or the previous player lockout.
[2:22] "The league continues to grow financially with respect to the viewership. For all intents and purposes it's any given Sunday, anybody can win, and that's what you want from us, that's what you want from a sporting league. There's lots of ways you could say he's winning the game."
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