Game On!!! NFL And Referees Union Cut A Deal To End The Lockout

Here’s some good news for your football lovin’ ears…we told you earlier the league was trying to work things out and looks like both sides made nice for the love of the game.

According to the New York Times:

The National Football League reached agreement on a new labor deal with its game officials late Wednesday night, ending a lockout that forced unprepared replacement officials onto the field, creating three weeks of botched calls, acute criticism, furious coaches and players, and a blemish – however temporary — on the integrity of the country’s most popular sport.

The agreement came 48 hours after the nadir of the league’s experiment with replacement officials, when an incorrect call on the final play of the Monday night game cost the Green Bay Packers a victory against the Seattle Seahawks. That nationally televised debacle spurred two days of furious and lengthy negotiations against the backdrop of immense public pressure and scorn, most of it directed at the league.

Both sides were so determined to play no more games with replacements that they raced Wednesday night to get officials in place to work this week’s slate. A crew of regular officials will be in Baltimore on Thursday night to work the Ravens’ game against the Cleveland Browns. The members of the officials’ union will gather in Dallas to vote to ratify the contract on Friday, and regular officials will work Sunday’s games.

Guess Foot Locker’s excited to have their employees back!

Now let’s see all those isht talkers on Sunday take a seat when their teams are bringing in the right points instead of wins based on bogus calls!

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