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3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: October 1

3. NFL ref by night, small business banker by day. The NFL replacement ref who made that controversial call last week against the Green Bay Packers is actually a small business banker in California for Bank of America (BAC - Get Report).

Lance Easley is a vice president for small business banking at BofA. He has worked for Charlotte, N.C.-based bank BofA since June 2011, according to American Banker. Before that he was a business banker for Wells Fargo (WFC).

Easley was at the center of perhaps one of the most controversial calls so far during a season that has been rife with complaints from fans, coaches and franchises as the NFL duked it out with its refs over pension contracts. (The two sides have since come to an agreement, with official refs returning as of Thursday night.)

According to American Banker, he is the president of the Los Padres Officials Association (high school basketball) and well known in the Santa Barbara area where he officiates high school and junior college football and basketball games. Earlier this year he attended a three-day training academy for aspiring college officials, the article says.

-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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