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NFL referee Jim Core, center (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

While labor disputes in other industries can go practically unnoticed, the bright lights and the unavoidable nature of televised NFL games has pushed the contract battle with the league’s officials’ union to the forefront this season – with pension issues still a key sticking point.

And this week, the growls of disbelief over a disputed call made by replacement refs at a Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers game on Monday have highlighted the push to resolve the labor problems as soon as possible.

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