You would be implying that the regular refs have absolutely no impact on the NFL's success and that would be false.
Next thing you know, you'll be using this analogy on players.
I'm not implying that. I said in my original post that once it was seen that the replacement officials could not handle the job, a market rate for the old ones had been established, and sure enough, the owners/NFL paid up three days later. There was no way to tell if the refs requests were outlandish or warranted. Businessmen negotiate based on leverage and value. The NFL had the leverage until the replacements poo the bed, and then it swung in favor of the officials.
The main Network IT guy at my office wanted a pay raise because he felt he was vastly underpaid for what he did here. The higher ups pulled the 'you're lucky to have a job' card and he quit. They went through a couple guys and several Outlook and network outages before calling him back, where he then upped his original figure and got it. It's not hard feelings on either side. He proved his worth by the failure of his replacements and at that point his market value became whatever they were willing to pay him.
I don't know why people think JR is a cheap, crazy southern bumpkin just because he doesn't give in to the initial demands of everyone that is either directly or indirectly in his employ.