NFL, refs agree to contract
September 26th, 2012
11:50 PM ET

NFL, refs agree to contract

The NFL and its locked-out referees have agreed to a contract, according to a statement from the NFL, and the regular officials will be on the field for Thursday night's Cleveland-Baltimore game.

The league has used replacement officials for the first three weeks of the regular season, as well as the pre-season, an a string of bad decisions have become fodder for jokes and criticism, highlighted by a game-deciding call on Monday night in the Packers-Seahawks game. Even politicians have gotten in on the act.

Reports throughout the day Wednesday indicated a deal was close, and the NFL even reported that the sides were closing in on an agreement.

Though the regular refs have been sitting out the league's games, they should be ready when the time comes, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who says that longtime ref Ed Hochuli has held training sessions to keep them sharp.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Thank God

    September 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pack This


    September 27, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Awesome, but I'm still fuming my Packers had to get martyred to make this happen.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      I don't like the Packers, but I'm with you there. A team shouldn't have had to have had a call that bad in order to get this done.

      Bad calls happen, but that was the worst I've ever seen.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian monosso

      Couln't have happened to a beter team. Ha ha ha ha

      September 27, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I shouldn't have had to have had to have read that sentence.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. drishism


    September 27, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shadow

    ABOUT TIME! The start of the season was a fiasco in so many ways. Hopefully it won't put a damper on the playoffs' outcome.

    Wait, what am I saying...

    September 27, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. us vs. them

    The replacement officials would vote for Romney; the locked-out referees, Obama!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Says the man who makes a political comment on a sports article.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    Better late than never

    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. GRTL


    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Viking

    About time. I was about ready to scalp (or just plain dump) my tickets because the product was so bad. Frigging NFL has more money than god, but they gotta hold the line with the refs "out of principle". Why....

    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. straight shooter

    this was just big business trying to break a union. thanks for the ref's for standing tall.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charlie

    Does that mean that the Footlockers will be open for business?

    September 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Indeed, you will now be able to return to shopping for overpriced sneakers sold by the appropriate vendors.

      The officiating in the lingerie league should also be back up to form.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. kman02

    I'm a Dallas fan. I have nothing for the Packers. That said, I felt for the Pack players, coaches, and staff after the call. That call was a disgrace in the face of all fans who paid to see the game. It was a travesty to a storied organization. The Packers showed a lot of class in their reaction to being robbed...especially the head coach. I have a new respect for GB.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Not sure if TJ Lang showed too much class, but it's impossible to disagree with what he said, and also impossible not to laugh.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rich in TX

    Five bucks says the regular refs get a standing O from the crowd if they call the Thursday night game.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |

    Well obviously the most recent "Blunder", must have ignited the NFL Referee Negotiation. Also remember
    the Owners were a huge reason, why they had a strike after all. They are more concern about their BILLIONS,
    than a couple of MILLIONS for referees with True Professional knowledge, rather than (sorry), High School Volunteer-Type Refs... Now we can watch NFL Football as before, hopefully with more respect as well...

    September 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    YES!!!! GO BEARS!!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • KEKC

      No! Wait! Don't go...

      September 27, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
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