- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner Roger Goodell say he wants the best officials on the field for the new NFL season, but he’s got to think about what’s important for the long-term future of the league.

Goodell was asked about the labor stalemate between the NFL and its game officials at a fan forum hours before the season opener Wednesday between Giants and Cowboys.

Goodell says he wants officiating that’s consistently good and the flexibility to preplace underperforming officials. He says he’s willing to make the short-term sacrifice to achieve that goal.

The league plans to use replacement officials during the first week of the season.

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