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FINALLY: NFL Reaches Tentative Agreement With Referees, Ending Lockout

After 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.


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Report: NFL, Referees Association Agree On Backup Officials

While 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


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NFL: Season Will Begin With Replacement Officials; Negotiations Still At Standstill

Ray 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.


DENVER - AUGUST 21:  (L-R) Referee Ed Hochuli talks with umpire Chad Brown as they oversee the action between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 25-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL To Start Hiring Possible Replacement Refs

The NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not yet completed with the NFL Referees Association.