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If you watched the refereeing in the 2018-19 NFL conference championship games, you likely found yourself asking one thing: how much are these guys getting paid for blown calls like this? 


The answer, frankly, is quite a lot. 


How much do NFL refs get paid?

In 2019, NFL referees are set to make an estimated $205,000 per year. That is an outrageously-high total considering that some referees only have to work fewer than 21 days out of the year, which breaks down to about $9,762 per day of work. 

That is probably a tough number to swallow for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, as there were a plethora of questionable calls that seemingly swung both games. In fact, the refereeing was so controversial from last weekend, the NFL is now embroiled in a lawsuit with an angry Saints fan. 

Ultimately, the NFL has to hope that head referee, John Parry, makes good on his extremely high salary and calls a fair Super Bowl. The Rams are 7-0 in games officiated by Parry since 2007, so if Parry gives the Rams too many favorable calls, the NFL could be in for yet another absurd lawsuit.


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