After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regulars would call the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore.
The tentative eight-year deal must be ratified by 51 percent of the union’s 121 members. They plan to vote Friday and Saturday.
“Welcome back REFS,” Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller tweeted shortly after the news broke.
The replacements worked the first three weeks of games, triggering a wave of outrage that threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. After a missed call cost the Green Bay Packers a win on a chaotic final play at Seattle on Monday night, the two sides really got serious.
AMAZING how quickly things can get done when you really want them to.
I wonder how the Green Bay Packers and their fans feel about this, and why this couldn’t have been done in time to save their game Monday night?