FINALLY: NFL Reaches Tentative Agreement With Referees, Ending LockoutAfter two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees' union announced that a tentative agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.
Report: NFL, Referees Association Agree On Backup OfficialsWhile the two sides are far apart on many key issues, they were able to set up an agreement on the issue of backup officials, according to Albert Breer of
NFL: Season Will Begin With Replacement Officials; Negotiations Still At StandstillRay Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, told the clubs in a memo that the replacements will work "as much of the regular season as necessary," adding that training with each crew will continue.
NFL To Start Hiring Possible Replacement RefsThe NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not yet completed with the NFL Referees Association.

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