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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  1. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Amazing how Republican union busters scream bring back our workers (locked out because rich team owners want to make bigger profits)...

    ...go to hell Scott dont mind sending American jobs to China, and their teenage wrom force...

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

      Wow, that was quite the shotgun pattern.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Badger86

      Ironic that a person who resides in a state that has a $19+ billion budget deficit and a few of those awkward municipal bankruptcies would comment about a Governor from a state with a balanced budget.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. mmi16

    The arrogance of the NFL blew up in their face. They consider the 'zebras' as part time employees – well, the players are also part time employees as they don't received year round paychecks either. The FACT is that NFL football is a 'part time' thing. Glad the zebras stood their ground!

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

    That's headline news? Breaking? Get a life, people!

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

      You're here aren't you? Many folks enjoy the diversion that sports give us. It is, believe it or not, an industry that pumps millions into the cities they play (and yes I realize the stadiums are built using a large helping of public funds), but fans pay for parking, gas, meals and all of teh other things that generates cash. So give it a rest......

      September 27, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe S.

      To put it simply, yes it's breaking news. The brand of a multi-billion dollar corporation that is a major part of the economy in 32 major markets in the United States was being tarnished by a lockout which just ended.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • PotMeetTheKettle

      "Get a life" says the guy that comments on something they don't care about. Just sayin...

      September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    So these Refs are super Human. I guess these guys never make bad calls. Ive seen them make the same bad call on the last play of the game with the same throw the bomb play with the Colts and the Steelers in the champion ship game. Costing the Colts to go to the SuperBowel.. Remember?

    September 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jamie

      No they blew the call on Polamalu that damn near cost the Steelers the game.

      At any point, Im glad the real refs are back. Sure there are always going to be missed/blown calls, but the past 3 weeks have been completely absurd.

      I dont blame the replacements. I blame the people that put them in a bad situation and Im sure the replacements tried there best given the bad hand they were dealt.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    Thank God also. part of the agreement, though, should be agreement to reverse the monday night game result, to set things right. Won't happen, but they should.

    And at this point i don't even care what the refs are getting in the deal...

    September 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Football fans everywhere breath a collective sigh of relief.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sf

    WHO CARES!!! Americans, sucha joke!

    You people realize theres threat of war with Iran right?
    We're at war with Iraq
    We're at war with afghanistan
    We've lost over 4000 troops in the longest running war in us history

    Just to name a FEW things a far bit more important than some stupid meathead sport or how much some stupid referee is going to be paid!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Ajax

      So go fight a war and stop watching football.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      We Americans can multi-task.

      And most of the soldiers overseas care about the ref strike as much as many here at home.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe S.

      I said this in an earlier post, but the NFL is a multi-billion dollar corporation. Yes, it's a big deal. Yes, the threat of war is important, but we don't all focus on one thing.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      In case you haven't noticed, these are in the news and have been for some time. We are acutely aware of them. This is a diversion that rated a smal paragraph plus a few side stories. But at least the US fans aren't to the same level of stupidity that some fans are in other nations with soccer riots.......

      September 27, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ajax

    Finally... Enough said. TOUCHDOWN! ...err maybe not...

    September 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. wjmccartan

    Surprised they didm't try and out source the job to cricket refs. What does the league care about the fans, obviously not much. Let's get back to FOOTBALL!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Matt


    September 27, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Let me finish your statement for you Matt...

      Roger Godell = Fail.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Epidi

    I thought my hubby & son were going to have a stroke over the weekend watching their fantasy football teams go up in flames because of the refs lol.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tony in St. Louis

    Thank goodness! It's a shame it had to come to all this just to get something done. I still say if the Packers fall one game short of a playoff birth, they should be credited 1 game. It's the only way to make things square again!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. What


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

    It's not like the NFL had much of a choice. I don't even watch football and saw what a horrible call that was the other night. Two refs giving different calls at the same time.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Al

    Not since the end of WW II has this country seen greater and more gloriious news! They will be chanting, singing and throwing confetti in Times Square tomorrow! Professional athletes, paid millions of dollars, will once again have their games officiated by qualified referees. We will unite in a glorious future that can be spurned by no more of an important event. That the NFL will continue is no less important than granting women the vote, abolishing slavery and even our own independence. Freedom will thrive unmolested now that football is back in America. It was hard to imagine the sun rising and life continuing during the national tragedy that was replacement refs. That they were evern permitted to call games at all is another example of man's inhumanity to man. Real refs are back? Only god creates miracles of this magnitude. It's hard to hold back these unbridled tears of joy.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sosume

      Go ahead. Cry. We will understand.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • tmare

      Well, I understand your over dramatic response is intentional but maybe we can learn a lesson about rich, fat cats and standing up to them through a labor movement. I guess that's worth something

      September 27, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • eldono

      Huh?? Oh, and by the way, God is spelled with a capital "G".

      September 27, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
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