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NFL Ends Referee Lockout; Sides Agree on 5-Year Deal

The nightmarish saga of the replacement referees is over. The NFL and NFLRA have agreed on a new labor agreement that will replace the replacement refs with the guys who actually know what they’re doing. Now that a new deal is done, Ed Hochuli and his crew of refs will be working again this weekend, and they will be officiating tomorrow’s game between the Ravens and Browns.

Strides in progress were made on Wednesday when both the NFL and the NFLRA met and made concessions to try and get a deal done in wake of the Seattle Screw that took place on Monday night in front of a national TV audience.


Details of the new labor agreement aren’t available at the moment, but it’s believed that the NFL owners were satisfied with how much the referees were able to give up and vice versa. However, it is known that the deal is good for the next five years.

Roger Goodell and the owners took the most intense heat they’ve had all lock out long when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial play that saw Golden Tate shove Sam Shields to the ground — an offensive pass interference call that should have ended the game. Not only was that not called, but the catch he made to win the game was itself incredibly hazy.

We will have more details on the NFL referee lockout ending as it is made known, but the largest detail has already been confirmed: the NFLRA will have their regular referees out on the field on Sunday officiating games, restoring order to a league that needed a calm.

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