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New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers ready for real NFL referees

saints refereeThe next time the New Orleans Saints take the field, they might feel comforted that their opponents will be in gold and green representing the Green Bay Packers and not the black and white stripes representing the replacement referees.

The NFL struck a long-awaited deal with its referees Wednesday night to end its lockout of the sport’s regular officials after public outrage over the quality of referring by the substitute umps. The new refs will return to the field on Thursday.

The kicker seems to be the controversial call at the end of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle game in which the refs awarded a last second touchdown to the Seahawks although many observers felt the ball was intercepted by the Packers.  The score cost Green Bay the game.

Posted on New Orleans Saints website
The NFL and NFLRA are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement tonight on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.
 
"Our officials will be back on the field starting (Thursday) night," Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement."
 
"Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games."

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RT @ABC7: #BREAKINGNEWS ESPN reports #NFL reaches tentative agreement withNFL Referees Association to end ref lockout.

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MattC2334

I want to be an NFL referee. Sign me up, I'll take $209,000 in 2019 to not have a life, hell I don't have a life+I'm a GREAT ref @NFLCommish

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Jason Durr

Yeah, NFL ref back. FLEW back to Tampa fl Tuesday, Bright House cable just sign 4 year contract with NFL NETWORK PLUS NFL RED ZONE. COME WITH SPORTS PACKAGE. FK DIRECT TV. LOL YEAHHHH ^_^

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RT @2fingers2daSky: FINALLY the real @nfl refs coming back. Thank god! I need to send each ref a thank you card or something bc they are truly needed!

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#ESPN #Sport #News With Goodell at table, NFL ref talks heat up http://t.co/bfPvf715#FF Gooo

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NFL Reaches Tentative Agreement With Refs http://t.co/IqhZkll6

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Flanders10

It's great to hear the NFL Ref. lockout is over. Both sides come to agreement.Thanks to the replacement Ref's who were in a no win situation

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Gilbert Navarrete

The NFL and its locked-out officials agreed to terms on a new deal late Wednesday night which would put officials in place for this weekend’s games — including Thursday night's game — according to sources close to the situation. ROUNDUP ON REF-GATE Now that an agreement is in place, see how the replacement official fiasco blew up and was finally solved. According to the sources, the final sticking point related to the much-discussed pension plan, but that stalemate finally ended. The sides are currently working on paperwork according to sources and at least half of the locked-out officials must approve the new deal, but sources said that is expected to be a formality. Sources said the officials are expected to convene in Dallas on Friday to do things such as collect uniforms and gear.

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Howard Waggner

I'm kida sad. It sounds like the NFL/Ref issue has ended. My 11 year old son just finished his interview for this week's game. It was between him and John Madden. Madden was having issues because he couldn't use his hands to speak, so, I thought we had this in the bag.

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