Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Rotoworld:The regular officials will return for Thursday night's game between the Browns and Ravens. The two sides finally agreed to an eight-year deal that will see the average ref earn $205,000 per year by 2019. They made $149,000 in 2011. "We look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on the field, and I want to give a special thanks to NFL fans for their passion," said Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Now it's time to put the focus back on the teams and players where it belongs." The deal must be ratified by 51 percent of the union's 121 members, who are scheduled to vote Friday in Dallas.Thank God! We announced this on the site yesterday and it comes as a bit of surprise. I didn't think that the pressures from Monday night's debacle would get the deal done just a couple of days later.Still, the talks that were had were scheduled before the weekend, it's unclear whether the horrible job of the replacement refs in Week 3 played any part in negotiations but I think it ...
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