my hunch is that these refs really aren't that bad, the difference is negligible and the media is doing the old officials are service by constantly stumping for them.
many refs are ego maniacal attention whores, might be good to knock em down a peg.
i got a feeling that the replacement refs will be just fine, as they know there is a spotlight on them, and they will work that much harder to prove themselves, and their legitimacy. Lets face it, noone was praising the regular referees. Only in their absence are we missing them.