The Pros Are Back!

The Huffington Post

It’s time to welcome Ed Hochuli and the rest of the NFL officials back into your life! More importantly, it’s time to say farewell to the replacement refs. A deal between the NFL and the NFLRA has beenagreed upon on Wednesday evening, according to Greg Aiello of the NFL.

The ref lockout is over.

Beginning with reports by Chris Mortensen of ESPN and Judy Batista of The New York Times earlier in the day that an agreement was close, a steady drumbeat of positive dispatches emerged from negotiations that reportedly gained intensity after the officiating debacle on “Monday Night Football,” when the Seahawks defeated the Packers, 14-12, by way of disputed touchdown as time expired.

Greg Aiello@gregaiello 

Greg Aiello

Pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with the NFL Referees Association. Details to follow.

Described as “a tentative contract agreement” by The Associated Press, the new 8-year deal must still be ratified by the union members on Friday. According to ProFootballTalk, the officials will vote on the deal in Dallas, where they will also pick up equipment and receive complete Week 4 assignments.

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3 comments

  1. Just watched the Ravens beat the Browns. What a pleasure to see the real referees back and their skills appreciated and respected. I hope, in the public’s mind, the NFL owners’ greed, ideological rigidity and anti-unionism becomes associated with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

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  2. I hope, in the public’s mind, the NFL owners’ greed, ideological rigidity and anti-unionism becomes associated with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

    That’s a bit of a stretch for the average American, LTL…but I understand your point. LOL!

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