Report: NFL, Locked Out Refs Reach Agreement

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The era or scab refs is reportedly over as ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports that the real refs could be back by this weekend!

It looks like the botched call in Seattle had the exact effect that fans hope it would- the regular refs are coming back.

According to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the NFL and the NFL Referee Association have reached an agreement "in principle."

It is even possible that the refs could return by this Sunday. Here are more details:

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."

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.

Someday there is going to be a great "30 for 30" documentary made about this debacle, which is appears is now thankfully over.

Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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