• NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Sep 27, 2012
    "Welcome back REFS," Buffalo Bills running back C.J. "Never thought I would be excited for the refs to come back to work but it's about time it was definitely necessary!" Cleveland return specialist Josh Cribbs tweeted Thursday morning. The agreement hinged on working out pension and retirement benefits for the officials, who are part-time employees of the league. Under the proposed deal, the current defined benefit pension plan will remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season or until the official earns 20 years' service.
    • NFL, referees' union reach tentative contract agreement

      So long, replacement refs. The NFL's regular crews will be back on the field starting Thursday night.
      Source: indystar.com
    • Refs to return to work tonight as tentative deal reached with NFL

      The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.
  • NFL, officials reach agreement to end lockout

    The NFL and the referees' union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight ET Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
    Source: ESPN.com

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