Posted September 26, 2012

Report: NFL and NFLRA close to ending officials lockout

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The locked out referees are reportedly close to getting back on the field. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFL Referees Association are close to ending the officials lockout and both sides will work to have officials on the field this weekend, ESPN.com reports.

An agreement in principle is at hand, according to one source familiar to talks, although NFL owners have postured with a “no more compromise” stance.

Sources say it could take a week or more to get the 121 officials back on the field, and that the locked out referees are training on the new rules that were installed this season. The call got stronger for the regular officials to get back to work after Monday’s night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks ended in controversy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has wanted the power to “bench” officials who underperform or are downgraded during the season. The NFLRA contends the league already has that ability because there are always between one and four crews that sit home each week and would be more qualified to substitute in such a scenario.


6 comments
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DanAlmeida
DanAlmeida

Damn it. Cant we have at least one more weekend of the NFE? The National Football Entertainment?

MarkB
MarkB

Goodell wants the power to bench "underperforming ref's"? How about starting with the bunch that's currently on the field?

mrmcc209
mrmcc209

About time .... About f'ing time.

larkin78
larkin78

Well at least they are coming to their senses before it gets out of hand. By that I mean, not if, but when, a replacement official makes another terrible call in the wrong stadium, at the wrong time, and the crowd physically attacks these refs to the point they have to be escorted off the field....  These refs better come back soon, because it is just a matter of time with the replacement refs...

BritFrancis
BritFrancis

Shocking that it could happen this fast after Monday night but they couldn't get it done before?