Found September 26, 2012 on No Guts, No Glory:
If any game would’ve been the tipping point in this the referee debacle, Monday Night’s game had to be that game. And it seems that because of that game, the NFL and the NFLRA are finally close to a deal. A deal that could have the regular referees on the field as soon as this weekend. Here are the details from Chris Mortensen of ESPN: The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday night that the possibility of the locked-out officials returning in time to work this week’s games has been discussed, according to sources on both sides. Both sides have made concessions on previous sticking points such as a taxi squad of 21 new officials and pension plans that sources say the final meaningful hurdle is, as one source said, “about a little more money.” While league sources say owners who participated in a conference call with commissioner Roger Goodell during Tuesday’s talks had instructed the negotiating team to set a firm barrier for the financia...

Report: NFL, refs have deal 'at hand'

The NFL and the locked-out officials reportedly are nearing a deal and apparently are so close that it's possible the regular referees will officiate Week 4 games.

NFL and NFLRA close to Agreement

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the NFL and the Refrees Union are close to a deal that will end the labor dispute between the two parties. Mortensen writes: “The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday night that the possibility of the locked-out officials returning in time to work this week’s games has been discussed, according...

Report: NFL referee lockout to end

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the lockout of NFL referees could be coming to a close.  An agreement in principle has been reached, and the locked out officials could return this week.  Per Mortensen, the two sides have reached a compromise on pension plans as well as a “taxi squad” of additional officials. Here [...]

Referees Association, NFL on the verge of agreement

Our long national nightmare is over. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and the Referees Association are reportedly very close to having an agreement in principle completed, and both sides are preparing for the regular officials to take their rightful place on the field for this weekend’s slate of games. It’s doubtful that a crew of officials would be ready to work...

REPORT: NFL and NFL Refs reach agreement in principle, refs could return this weekend

According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and the locked out officials have an agreement in hand which could see the regular officials take to the field as early as this weekend. 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. Although league sources said it...

Replacement Officials on the Way Out?

Enough was truly enough for the NFL when it came to another week of replacement officials calling games. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFL referees association have an agreement “at hand” that could end the lockout of the league’s referees and have them officiating Week 4 games. Mortensen said “the two groups made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday...

Regular NFL officials could reportedly be back on the field this Sunday

After the embarrassment that took place on Monday night in Seattle, it sounds like the NFL may have been motivated to soften its stance a bit and make a legitimate effort to end the referee lockout. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFL Referees Association are believed to have made enough progress in their talks on Tuesday night that the regular officiating crews...

NFL and Real Referees Agree to deal in "principle"

The days of replacement referees will soon end, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

NFL and Referees Reportedly Have an Agreement in Principle

The four hour games, blown calls, constant fighting, and coaches berating replacement officials may have come to an end as the NFL and referees have reached an agreement in principle according to ESPNs Chris Mortensen.  Though the final details are still being hammered out between the referees and the desperate NFL.  The scrutiny over the officiating has reached unprecedented heights...

Report: NFL, NFLRA strike a deal

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen via Adam Schefter, the NFL and NFLRA have come to agreement on a new deal that would enable to regular officials to be back on the field for this weekend's games. It looks like the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have responded in a positive way to the criticism they received from this past Monday night's debacle in Seattle.

Deal With NFL Officials Reportedly Could be In Place This Week

The rumor mill is churning, and it is in full motion this morning thanks to the possibility of the official refs and the NFL making a deal as early as this week.  Check out the below Tweets from NFL folks which point to very good news if their sources are correct.  An article on ESPN by Chris Mortensen states the following: The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress...

Sam Bradford on real refs: "We need them back"

When Chris Mortensen of ESPN broke that the NFL and the real referees are very close, the entire nation rejoiced.  Finally, the NFL can return to normal and the integrity of the sport that everyone loves because of their attention deficit disorder, fantasy football obsession, and gambling habits can get back to normal.   On Wednesday afternoon, it was not just fans that were...

(Hopefully) Last Day Of Replacement Officials Talk

Chris Mortensen is reporting at this hour that the is an agreement is “in hand” between the NFL and the officials and that the regular refs could be back on the field this weekend. Patriot defense didn’t look revamped in first test – Greg Bedard’s film study reveals among other things, that Devin McCourty actually played his best game in some time. (Wait, D&C told...
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