SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Representatives from the NFL and the officials union met through early Wednesday morning, but there was no word of a settlement in their contract dispute. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew he expects the owners themselves to get more involved.

“Usually in these things, someone at the end rides in on a white horse and solves the problem and it will be over,” Madden said. “And I just expect that that person is going to be an owner. And I would expect that because you haven’t heard from them.”

Is there a possibility of a short-term fix?

“I don’t know that there’s not some way that you could make a temporary agreement,” Madden said. “Get the officials back, and continue to negotiate when they’re back.”

In the meantime some exciting football isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

“In the first three weeks, there’s been some real good football played. The players have done a good job and there’s been some good coaching. And then after the game is over, all the talk is about officiating… You have something that’s good and then you throw manure over it, and it’s not good anymore.” (8:30)

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