NFL, Refs Reach 8-Year Deal To End Lockout

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT) -- The National Football League reached an eight-year collective bargaining agreement with its referees late Wednesday, ending a three-month lockout and returning regular officials to the field Thursday night.

The league and the 121-member NFL Referees Association reached their deal amid increasing tension over the on-field miscues of the league's replacement referees, culminating in a controversial, game-ending call Monday night that drew the ire of players, fans and members of both presidential tickets.

Though the new CBA will need to be formally ratified, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell...
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