I haven't really thought about how much this will affect the game until right now. With optimism of a deal being completed in time for the season dwindling this is becoming more and more of a reality. 

Lets face it, the officiating is wildly inconsistent at best as it is in the NFL. Especially with all of these new rules catering to the passing game. Just how could they possibly get these new refs prepared and up to speed? I'm praying the NFLRA and NFL get this squared away in time for preseason.