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Daopoulos: NFL, NFLRA deal is done

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NBC picked the right year to hire an officiating consultant.

Jim Daopoulos, a long-time official and supervisor of officials, joined NBC this season.  And he tells PFT that the NFL and NFL Referees Association have signed a new deal.

A crew is being assembled to work Thursday night’s game between the Browns and Ravens.  Then, on Friday, the officials will travel to Dallas to retrieve their equipment and receive their game assignments for Sunday and Monday, with the same crews working together as last year.

Details are still not clear, but Daopoulos says that the much-debated pension issue was resolved with the current defined-benefit plan remaining in place for five years before switching to a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan.

Also, it’s believed that the deal will cover five more years beyond this one, which means that we’ll potentially be doing this again in 2018.

UPDATE 10:56 p.m. ET:  Daopoulos has provided some more facts.  The officials will vote on the deal in Dallas on Friday, at which time it will become final.  They’ll then participate in a clinic, and head on Saturday to the game sites.  Also, the officials will receive a pay raise of four percent, with 12 guaranteed game checks this year and 19 in subsequent years (including preseason).  As to the checks they’ve missed this year, the officials will divvy up $2.5 million.

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160 Responses to “Daopoulos: NFL, NFLRA deal is done”
  1. deangelo23hall says: Sep 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    YAY!

  2. captfoxboro says: Sep 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    Hallelujuah !!!

  3. fluffy19 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    Oh goody, the Packers, Steelers, and Patriots are getting their pet zebras back!

  4. steelmeats says: Sep 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    FINALLY!!!!

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    Thank God.

  6. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    Hallelujah!

  7. cyraider says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    About EFFING TIIIIIIMMMMMEEEEE!!!!!!

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    SUCCESS!!!

  9. aliensshoot1st says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Just can’t wait for a regular ref to make a controversial call now. What will you guys complain about then?

  10. cardsfann1 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    About damn time… I admit I was wrong that it wouldn’t matter who was reffing the games…

  11. dmaq1 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    best news i’ve heard all year. thank God.

  12. scytherius says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Fans. Never forget how much power you really have. It was our reaction to this nightmare that solved this. Never, ever let the Owners do this to us again.

    Well done all.

  13. liondoc says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Good news! Now we can get back to the regular refs missing holding, overcalling PI, mis spotting balls and occasionally affecting the outcome of games!

  14. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Why do I hear Lee Corso in my head….No so fast my friend?

  15. scott28078 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Goood scoooop!

  16. cooklynn17 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:49 PM

    well its about time

    rejoyce fans, for we have won.

    First Down!!!

  17. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 26, 2012 10:50 PM

    HALLELUJAH!

  18. 84otr says: Sep 26, 2012 10:50 PM

    If the replacement officials have been dismissed for incompetence…….then Roger should go as well

  19. lesterclan says: Sep 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    Oh, yay, the season is saved!!

  20. pterodonktyl says: Sep 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    Pics or didn’t happen.

  21. xsfmed says: Sep 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    I am sure Golden Tate is pretty upset seeing as he wont be getting any more TDs this year.

  22. drgreenstreak says: Sep 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    They said it was a touchdown, Roger!

  23. firethorn1001 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    Part of me is bummed that this train wreck is over. I really wanted to see the Packer fans reaction to the replacement refs.

  24. sledgehorn says: Sep 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    WOOHOO!
    Something all NFL fans can rejoice together.
    It’s about time!

  25. wherezwaldo says: Sep 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    STRAIGHT CASH HOMIE!!!

  26. justintuckrule says: Sep 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    I hope the refs leave their yellow penalty hankies in Dallas. Say what you want about the scabs, it was refreshing to see some good ol hits without b.s. p.f. Calls

  27. bigcid10 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    Hurrayyy!!

  28. bechillin says: Sep 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    amen to that, the NFL is still a bunch of greedy bastards though

  29. ajchargers says: Sep 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    Finally the 2012 Football season can begin!

  30. gsb333 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    Good news but a pension for a part-time job? That seems a bit much. A handout.

  31. kombayn says: Sep 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    I wonder how long it the honeymoon will last until one of the Coaches is screaming at the regular officials over bad-calls, I give it less than 1 quarter.

  32. patriotsdefense says: Sep 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    YES! Thank you Robert Kraft!

  33. 2011to2020lions says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    3 games late, but better than never WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

  34. donnymacjack says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    Woohoo! Maybe we should consider starting the season over and making it a 13 game season.

  35. randallflagg52 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    Tom Brady is now officially off-limits again now that the regular refs are back.

  36. giablommi says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    And all it took was the first 3 weeks of this season being turned into a circus sideshow which will be compared historically to the sham of 3 weeks of 1987 strike/replacement player fiasco.

  37. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    ITS ABOUT TIME!!! Skol Vikings!

  38. djaehne says: Sep 26, 2012 10:58 PM

    This just in, its reported that the Jets, Giants, Packers, Patriots, Steelers, and Eagles have banded together to foot the bill that covers the refs retirement costs. Power has now been restored to the proper franchises so that the standings will soon be righted once again. The NFL can now have 5 more years of harmony.

  39. staffordsyear says: Sep 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    Meh..the real refs arent a whole lot better..welcome back bad pass interference calls and ticky tack qb hit penaltys,give and take i guess.

  40. jusford says: Sep 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    too late the damage is done. Roger won’t do the correct thing and reverse to call.

  41. gloxford says: Sep 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    Those rich f***s! This whole f***ing thing… I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that this f****ing strumpet…

  42. patfic15 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    Homerun Celtics!

  43. goldrush4949 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    I’m totally hetero but I could kiss Ed Hochuli right now.

  44. giablommi says: Sep 26, 2012 11:02 PM

    Leveraging the long term credibility of the league for petty short term gain is never a good idea.

    The owners locked the players last year and dodged a major bullet by only losing one meaningless preseason game. This year’s DEBACLE totally backfired and blew up in the owners face.

    However, never underestimate the greed and arrogance of these owners. They’ll find a new group to bully and lock out next. The only question is who: Chain gangs? Groundskeepers? Sideline reporters? Ball boys? Mascots? Anything is possible with this group.

  45. ghjjf says: Sep 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Sucks for all the people who blamed the replacement refs for their teams lousy play on the field.

  46. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Couldn’t care less about the details. Glad it’s done. Cant wait for the complaining about the regulars to begin. Wonder if the NFLRA is going to be grading these officials and issuing press releases each time there’s a bad call.

  47. rodgers419 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:06 PM

    Good. Now the 1:00 games can finish before 5:30.

  48. mazblast says: Sep 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see the regular officials on the field, calling the game. Until then, it’s a smokescreen, designed to relieve the pressure the fans have been putting on.
    ———————–
    giablommi–Next time, they’ll lock out the fans. And keep your money. Then whine about how much money they’re losing.

  49. raiderinva says: Sep 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    WOW….

    I think that the deal the Refs got will make me turn off the game.

  50. packman15 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    You will probably never hear the refs get so loud a cheer than this Sunday! Then after that back to normal fan disapproval of this call or that call.

    Let the normal games begin!

  51. htfan says: Sep 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    my money is that there will still be bad calls, there will still be penalties that are missed, still be phantom penalties called, replays will still result in wrong decisions, balls will still be spotted wrong and refs will still effect the outcome of games. but at least i won’t have to read anymore articles about replacement refs.

  52. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    “I think Its time for America to admit that we made the games more exciting.”

    — NFL Replacement Refs

  53. n001363 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    Don’t blame Roger, the owners were driving this bus the whole time. The National rage reminded them how fast they could go from Hero’s to Zero’s. They didn’t like being Zero’s!

  54. wyoyyz says: Sep 26, 2012 11:12 PM

    Oh yeah!!

  55. jimw81 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:13 PM

    Ed Hochuli has been freed!

  56. stiffarm37 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Good, but too late. Green Bay got screwed. This was a bad miscalculation by the league.

  57. stampnhawk says: Sep 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Bring back the reffing based on reputation!

    Drew Brees relieved; doesn’t need an explanation.

  58. wallyhorse says: Sep 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. The NFL realizes what happened Monday night could have had damaging effects if it had continued. Even if that was not the case, they may have been rushed into doing a deal anyway:

    There was a rumor that was flying around on Wednesday morning that the State of New Jersey was not going to allow the NFL to stage games in the state without the real refs. If that had been proven true, it would have had the NFL scrambling to move the 49ers-Jets game from Met Life Stadium Sunday afternoon most likely in my view to a Monday night game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (closest stadium to Met Life Stadium that Jets fans could get to). If that was true, it likely was the reason we saw sudden movement since otherwise it would have cost FOX their main early game on Sunday, with ESPN likely winding up with a doubleheader of 49ers-Jets in most likely Philadelphia at 6:30 (airing on FOX stations in New York and the Bay Area with any ESPN coverage in those markets blacked out) and Bears-Cowboys pushed back to 9:45 PM ET to accommodate an additional Monday night game. If that were proven true, once the NFL realized this, it forced a deal to get done quickly.

  59. timothyinbrazil says: Sep 26, 2012 11:17 PM

    OH Great, now middle school teams throughout the fruited plain are going to get robed!

  60. tooba2026 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:18 PM

    i just puked in my mouth a little bit im so excited

  61. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:18 PM

    “Belichick won’t be grabbing me”

    — Ed Hochuli

  62. demolition510 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:18 PM

    Let’s see if they scrutinize the calls each game like they did the replacements.

  63. malbosia says: Sep 26, 2012 11:24 PM

    I’m happy to hear this. I didn’t really have a big issue with the replacement refs though. I understood that they weren’t prepared for the job they were about to start. I think they did the best they could. Imagine yourself starting a job that you haven’t been fully trained for and having it scrutinized by millions of people. It would be like throwing a rookie free agent QB in the starting lineup against the
    85′ Bears. You know he is going to get killed but at least you can still play the game. Imagine being in a stadium filled with 80,000 screaming fans, the bright lights of SNF, Ray Lewis and Belichick screaming at you and being expected to do your job decently without much experience. I don’t even think I could take a leek in that situation much less ref an NFL game. Lets cut these people some slack and just be happy that the Professional Refs are back. I do hope that a few of them get hired on as part time refs. The middle school teacher from Boise, the one that was the head official for the opening game, actually did a pretty good job that game. Anyway, hopefully it will be a while before we have to relive this scenario again.

  64. robgilman says: Sep 26, 2012 11:25 PM

    They can all thank Phil Luckett for making the replacements look bad by not overturning the booth review.

    Back to bias officiating and knit picky calls.

    Back to listening to everyone complain about bad calls without a scape goat to blame.

  65. croghan1919 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:26 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see Ed Hochuli’s guns firing a holding call againts the Texans!

  66. packman15 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:28 PM

    Release the guns Ed Hoculis and Jim Carey!

  67. larryboodry says: Sep 26, 2012 11:28 PM

    Great news, but that update has me worried…If the union refs don’t vote ’til Friday now, who will work tomorrow night?

  68. robgilman says: Sep 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    Looks like the Raiders will once again lead the league in penalties

  69. sweetbrandigirl2004 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    Hallelujah! Thank GOD I had all but given up on football and the NFL….Whew I was worried I’d have to find something else to do on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays.

  70. packman15 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    Ok, Mike Carey, my bad

  71. ajpurp says: Sep 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    Here’s hoping this entire thing will lead to the same scrutiny and accountability of regular officials as we had for the replacements from the media

  72. grandsonofcoach says: Sep 26, 2012 11:32 PM

    One good thing that came out of Monday game

  73. mrcogburn says: Sep 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    Great. Back to predictably incompetent officiating, versus the unpredictably incompetent officiating that lit up the football world for a few entertaining weeks.

  74. JohnnyRyde says: Sep 26, 2012 11:34 PM

    Gah! I hope this is true…

    But I’m reloading on ESPN and on Twitter, etc… Half the places say a deal is done. The other half say a deal is NOT done… I hope something official is said soon, one way or another…

  75. moses74 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    *in my man cave doing the tebow*

    Thank goodness!!

  76. fluffy19 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    It just occurred to me. Finally, I just figured it out. As I read the post about “being hetero but wanting to kiss Ed Hoculi”, I was going to comment that they’ve actually found a way to make us happy to see Ed Hulkuli again, as a joke. Then it dawned on me. They’ve ACTUALLY found a way to make Ed Hochuli a folk hero. Could this have been a ploy by the NFL to try to win 2 wars at once. By locking out the NFLRA, the owners can negotiate for a more lucrative deal, but they also re-establish credibility for a group of officials that was, quite frankly, losing credibility. People will still complain about the officials, but they’ll be quick to say, “At least it’s not the replacements”. The owners have found a way to bring even more attention to the league, gain negotiating leverage with the union, and make the ‘real’ refs seem like a true and righteous band of flag throwing super heroes compared to the bums who replaced them. So, remind me, how did the NFL lose? What did all of you proud fans win? Lower ticket prices? Lower cable bills? No, we get the same old refs who blew calls and impacted outcomes of games just like the other guys. Now, we’ll get some pace and order and control back in the games, but the calls will still be bad. Only now, the bad calls will somehow be ok, cuz it’s the ‘real’ refs. NFL Never Loses

  77. trollhammer20 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:36 PM

    Now watch as the “real” refs botch the Thursday game just as bad as the replacements botched Monday’s game….

  78. TxGrown says: Sep 26, 2012 11:37 PM

    Yea! Pensions for part-time work!!!! God bless the unions!!!

  79. packerhater says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    Now what excuses will the crybabies Packers use if they lose again or ahem…….. beat themselves. Of course they have such cake games from here on out save for 1-2 which will let them not only win but win by big numbers and pad their stats.

  80. metalhead65 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:39 PM

    so this means there will no mistakes and the players and coaches will all be happy right? no yelling or bumping officials or calling them out on twitter if they do not like the calls right? of course the replacements did a lousy job but people are acting like there was never any controversy with the real ones.

  81. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 26, 2012 11:41 PM

    All it took was the Pats not getting a close call and the Pack getting screwed to make happen. Great, now the pretty boys get all the calls again.

  82. gb6552 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    I haven’t seen anything on ESPN or Nfl Network confiriming this??

    Ill believe it when i see it..

  83. coreyn23 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    I guarantee this will be the most commented on this month and maybe this year. Everyone will throw their 2 cents in here.

  84. gb6552 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:44 PM

    Everytime a NFL player farts..a replacement ref gets his wings..

  85. briang123 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    Who will everyone blame when Inge don’t go their way now?

  86. alskdh says: Sep 26, 2012 11:49 PM

    I was hoping for 1 more controversy

  87. glen1904 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:51 PM

    I love it that 13-17 people voted thumbs down on every post, these miserable minimum wage workers always hate to see anyone other than the billionaires at the top get some of the pie.

  88. Slackmo says: Sep 26, 2012 11:51 PM

    Week 4:

    Bring back the replacement refs!

  89. realfann says: Sep 26, 2012 11:53 PM

    Never did hear Jerry Jone’s opinion of the call.

  90. stealersfannot says: Sep 26, 2012 11:54 PM

    You can just see it now. Players get tossed from games, benches get penalized galore for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Monday morning headlines read, ”the sheriffs are back in town.”

    Time to lay down the law and fix this mess!

  91. bigbluebruiser says: Sep 26, 2012 11:54 PM

    Celebration!!!!

  92. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:55 PM

    yay! now all you morons can go back to bashing the regular refs and complaining about blown calls from them.

  93. rundmc20 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:56 PM

    Crap !!!! Now the Raiders are going to have more penalties this Sunday than they have had in the first two games combined. I liked the replacement refs made everyone play on a even field. Us raider fans have been dealing with this kind if officiating for years. I’m kidding…. Kinda.

  94. bigbluebruiser says: Sep 26, 2012 11:57 PM

    “Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.”

  95. rundmc20 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:58 PM

    Yes I know we’ve played three games. My bad

  96. seananagan says: Sep 27, 2012 12:01 AM

    It’ll be nice to boo the real guys when I disagree with a call.

  97. rotoraider says: Sep 27, 2012 12:01 AM

    Darn, looks like the Raiders winning streak will now come to an end. Oh well one and done.

  98. turnmymicup says: Sep 27, 2012 12:01 AM

    I wonder who fans are going to blame now for their teams mistakes. These replacement refs were thrown into the fire. The backlash they have been getting is ridiculous. Just shows how much teams lean on refs for wins.

  99. shaggytoodle says: Sep 27, 2012 12:04 AM

    aliensshoot1st says:Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Just can’t wait for a regular ref to make a controversial call now. What will you guys complain about then?
    _______

    I can take a a few bad calls, I understand, but when you have weak roughing the passer or PI.

    But when MNF plays out “roughing the passer”multiple challenges in a short sequence the “defensive pass interference,” and then the cherry on top of the Fail Mary.

    Its way different.

    There also NO way that the NFL could let a championship game be decided by those people.

  100. granadafan says: Sep 27, 2012 12:04 AM

    The real refs better make every call right with no bad calls deciding games or the media will start calling for the “other refs”.

  101. tigershark49 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    Good for the NFL!

  102. trapshoot says: Sep 27, 2012 12:12 AM

    Bring ‘em back for the next game. Even without practice, training, etc. they’re better than the clowns masquerading as refs.

  103. randygnyc says: Sep 27, 2012 12:14 AM

    Regular refs blow calls/games, all the time and will in the future. The only reason this became an issue was that the media and fans endorsed a mob mentality, devoid of any critical assessment.

  104. gsamuelson says: Sep 27, 2012 12:18 AM

    “Finally… The Hoch… has come… home.” #TheHochSays

  105. Bearfan54 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:23 AM

    I was hoping we could screw the Packers out of a couple more games but oh well.

  106. deadeye says: Sep 27, 2012 12:26 AM

    Woohoo! Now all the crappy game changing calls will swept under the rug!

  107. greenandgold1972 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:28 AM

    Now everybody can go back to hating on the refs who are favoring NE, GB, PIT, etc.
    Oh, the NFL owes GB a game and they are playing in Lambeau on Sunday. Against NO.
    Should be fun

  108. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 12:28 AM

    I’ve taken notice of the time of the post above re: this major news story. Well done, ProFootballTalk.

  109. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 27, 2012 12:29 AM

    How can officials work the Thursday game if they aren’t voting on the deal until Friday?

  110. jibberator says: Sep 27, 2012 12:30 AM

    Regular refs blow calls/games, all the time and will in the future. The only reason this became an issue was that the media and fans endorsed a mob mentality, devoid of any critical assessment.
    ___

    Of course they do! However, they do not blow calls/games at the same rate as them replacements do — they blew more games than the Packer’s…

  111. tebowsmom says: Sep 27, 2012 12:30 AM

    According to NFLRA sources, the real refs were offered more money, but instead opted to each get an opportunity to slap Goodell in the ball sack! Now show us those biceps, Ed!

  112. ronniemack323 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:32 AM

    *singing* HOORAY BEER!

  113. baseballstars says: Sep 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    I like Green Bay but I think it would be funny as hell if they were screwed by the real refs this weekend. I would even consider creating a Twitter account and follow/troll TJ Lang.

  114. whoknowsnothing says: Sep 27, 2012 12:39 AM

    About time!!!!
    Didn’t want Madden 14 to be effected by replacement ref’s.

  115. Max says: Sep 27, 2012 12:39 AM

    Refs make a check out to Golden Tate!

  116. enrifer says: Sep 27, 2012 12:43 AM

    Well that sucks, I was just beginning to like the replacement refs, they let the WR and DB’S battle for balls unlike the regular ones calling pass interference throughout a game.

  117. croghan1919 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:46 AM

    I will take the blown call of professional craftsman vs what we’ve seen for seven games… F O R E V E R

  118. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:51 AM

    “Meh..the real refs arent a whole lot better..welcome back bad pass interference calls and ticky tack qb hit penaltys,give and take i guess.”

    Exactly!!!

  119. axespray says: Sep 27, 2012 12:52 AM

    packerhater says:
    Sep 26, 2012 11:38 PM
    “Now what excuses will the crybabies Packers use if they lose again or ahem…….. beat themselves. Of course they have such cake games from here on out save for 1-2 which will let them not only win but win by big numbers and pad their stats.”
    ————————————–

    Packers crybabies? … You don’t see any whiny spiteful poster trolling here as “Viking hater69″ …. Packers win a clean game 45 – 7 , you’ll still hear “They had the refs on their side!” crap… Packers actually do get jobbed by the refs, now we’re babies? …duck a bag of sicks.

  120. walkedintoabar says: Sep 27, 2012 12:52 AM

    so if the refs are voting on friday i guess the ravens – browns game will be the last of the replacements tenure.

    *meakly* yay…

  121. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:54 AM

    “There also NO way that the NFL could let a championship game be decided by those people.”

    Yea because the regular refs have never made bad calls that have decided playoff games and super bowls right? ahem tuck rule or seattle/pitt..
    but hey enjoy having these refs back. I hope all you people calling for the replacement refs head give these guys the same scrutiny. Coaches and players included.
    Can’t wait for every tick tack penalty being called and not letting the defense play the game without calling pass interference.

  122. ronmexico4life says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 AM

    Sooooo part-time employees will divide 2.5 million, for part-time work, that they didn’t do, because they decided to strike.

    If these details are true, it’s simply a five year band-aid. Why would they strike for their pension, then accept the 401 k in 5 years? Let’s hope everybody puts the same scrutiny on these refs compared to the replacements, and in five years we’ll see how much these refs truly deserve a pension

  123. berstecher says: Sep 27, 2012 1:02 AM

    The real refs got a good off season cycle of steroids!! Just call baby!!

  124. sleazysnake says: Sep 27, 2012 1:05 AM

    Let me get this straight.

    The replacement officials did such a good job and made the correct call to end Monday’s game, that the NFL caves in Wednesday and now a deal is done.

  125. truthserum4u says: Sep 27, 2012 1:12 AM

    Wow, a compromise by both sides got it done! Who would ever thunk it!

    @randygnyc

    Perfectly said! Succinct & accurate.

  126. pesotmato says: Sep 27, 2012 1:14 AM

    Finally, enough is enough.

    I really don’t think money is a real issue during the lockout; the league really wants the NFLRA to know who is the boss.

  127. jrmbadger says: Sep 27, 2012 1:19 AM

    They had to. Nobody respected the replacements. Not the players, not the coaches, not the fans. It would have gotten ugly.

  128. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:31 AM

    Booooooo!!!!

    Here comes those flag happy dumb refs again….smh.

  129. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 27, 2012 1:32 AM

    Bad financial move. The NFL is going to lose tons of money from fines for referee beatings.

  130. trevor123698 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:36 AM

    Now I believe the creator would be against football, but I believe he would understand these “wicked times in this crime land” and that this is one of the few escapes we have that isn’t damaging to your health, so I say Thank the creator this is done.

  131. glen1904 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:41 AM

    anyone who couldn’t see that there were totally BS (misplacing the ball by 12 yard, giving a coach two extra challenges that he didn’t have, 9 4 plus hour game and the bad game winning call Monday night) calls by these JUCO refs is not living in reality. yes the real refs will have bad calls but they know how to even it out and how to keep the players from taking advantage of them. You would have to be blind or stupid not to see these guys were not anywhere close to being able to handle NFL games!

  132. kibblesnvick says: Sep 27, 2012 2:11 AM

    Look at you ignorant sheep… 2 weeks from now you will all be complaining about blown calls from the regular officials. But, whatever. It’s better than no football at all.

  133. sdsockers says: Sep 27, 2012 2:15 AM

    HEY, GOODELL, YOU LISTENING?
    No, probably not, but here’s an idea: As a gesture of goodwill to the millions of fans that you and the team owners thoughtlessly brushed aside these past eight weeks, how about putting the Browns/Ravens (NFL Network only) game on ESPN, and let us all watch it for free? Just simulcast it. Hell, put all of the NFLN games through October on ESPN, and market it as just that, a gesture of goodwill.
    Just a thought.

  134. 12isgreaterthan4 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:41 AM

    This is great news – unfortunate that the Packers had to be the sacrificial lamb, but so be it.

    For those of you dogging Packer fans and saying “get over it”, “stop crying”, and the like, get real – this issue affects ALL of you, especially if you’re a fan of an NFC team. Any NFC fan should be upset that there’s a team out there with a fake win – your team is competing with the Seahawks for a playoff spot. Bet you won’t be on your high horse saying “get over it” when your team loses a wild-card tiebreaker to Seattle and their one fake win, and is sitting home for the playoffs.

  135. wtfredskinsftw says: Sep 27, 2012 2:55 AM

    Bet: it will take 3 game minutes or less for us to Hate these Officials {RĘFŠ} again!¡!¡!¡

  136. draftday2004 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:03 AM

    This honeymoon is going to last as long as when they call the first PI on a critical 3rd down situation against your home team.

  137. classygentleman7 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:21 AM

    Never before have I so looked forward to seeing Jerome Boger’s feminine sounding voice, Mike Carey’s assertive calls, and Ed Hochuli’s massive pythons. Welcome back, boys!

  138. schlitzy says: Sep 27, 2012 3:27 AM

    hey NHL/NHLPA…that’s how it works….get it done!!!

  139. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:48 AM

    What about the non money issues (only thing fans care about) like full time officials and extra crews and performance reviews?

  140. sudz28 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:54 AM

    “Regular refs blow calls/games, all the time and will in the future. The only reason this became an issue was that the media and fans endorsed a mob mentality, devoid of any critical assessment.

    I disagree. It’s not the blown calls – you’re right, the regular refs blow calls and I’ve even seen some that (in my opinion) cost one team or another a win. The bigger issue with these replacements in the way they have to huddle up over every single flag thrown for 5 minutes or more, unsure of what to call or on whom. Then they’ll actually blow the enforcement of the call, giving more yards than they should, extra downs, or coaches challenges that they don’t have. It’s a ridiculous production from top to bottom, WAY beyond just ‘a few blown calls’.

  141. aetherealdirges says: Sep 27, 2012 4:16 AM

    I am disappointed that the refs caved on 401(k)s, but happy they’ll be back.

  142. bag217 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:16 AM

    THANK GOD!!!! Now there will never ever ever be another blown call! *sarcasm*

  143. chuckiesez says: Sep 27, 2012 5:48 AM

    “What it was, was football”…. at its’ most hilarious and unpredictable. I will miss the replacements for one reason. Every time they gathered to refer to the pocket rule book they kept on the field and then broke huddle, it was just like having the drunk new brother-in-law grab the mic at the wedding dinner. The next words spoken could be solemn, hilarious, unintelligible, and could definitely lead to a quick end of the romance. Sad to see, but , fascinated by the possibilities, we watched and listened….

  144. deucedeuce13 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:57 AM

    That bs chant you heard Sunday night during the ravens game is not the first time it’s happened. The real refs are just as bad. I don’t mind them making some good dough, as long as they are held accountable. I’m a union worker and can still get fired for poor performance easily. Probably easier then most because I do make more. Adjustments need to be made game to game, not season to season. And every call needs to be reviewable.

  145. thewizardofbs says: Sep 27, 2012 6:00 AM

    The Parking Lot Attendants Union contract expires in two weeks. The NFL is threatening a lockout! This could mean no parking for games, no tailgating….

  146. wvucolumbus says: Sep 27, 2012 6:24 AM

    Great news! Welcome back Mike Carey, Scott Green, Ed Hochuli and others!

  147. wherezwaldo says: Sep 27, 2012 6:26 AM

    Aaron Rodgers is not impressed.

  148. mungman69 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:34 AM

    Bout time, the regular refs aren’t good but they are better than Tha replacement refs.

  149. bunjy96 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:37 AM

    It would appear the refs got everything they wanted. They even got paid for the 3 weeks they didn’t work!

    The league capitulated.

  150. davidhare says: Sep 27, 2012 6:39 AM

    What do we do when the real refs blow a game on Sunday? Everybody who complained about the replacement refs, will be complaining on Monday that the refs are against their team. Glad the deal is done now. Anybody remember Drew Pearson with the Cowboys against the Vikings? Or the Saints beating up on Brett Farve and the refs not calling it?

  151. jcisback says: Sep 27, 2012 6:42 AM

    Now…. Leeetttttss get reeeaadddyyyy to rummmmmmmmbbbbbbbbblllleeeee!!!!!!!!!!

  152. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2012 6:44 AM

    What’s the over/under on how many plays until Ed Hochuli screws up, 1 or 2?

  153. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:53 AM

    I don’t feel SORRY for packers.That was the same crew that cost my team a victory in week 2. hip hip hurray.!!!!!!!!!!

  154. oaktown49er says: Sep 27, 2012 6:53 AM

    Damnit!
    -Raiders Fans

  155. bangitfootball says: Sep 27, 2012 7:11 AM

    In some neighborhood gym Ed Hocholi is vigourishly pumping iron and staring at his biceps in the mirrors while blowing his whistle over and over again.

  156. scyankee9999 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:25 AM

    At least we will see offensive holding calls again. Have you seen what these O lineman have been getting away with? When was the last game were there was an OH call without the lineman Literaly taking a player to the ground. You’ll see what teams have been getting away with it as they will be highly penalized this wknd.

  157. spunjmunke says: Sep 27, 2012 7:33 AM

    And in a couple weeks we’ll all be complaining about the crappy officiating. Congratulations fans, you just went from horrible scab officials to horrible professional officials.

  158. shaggytoodle says: Sep 27, 2012 2:00 PM

    mgdsquiggy17 says:Sep 27, 2012 12:54 AM

    “There also NO way that the NFL could let a championship game be decided by those people.”

    Can’t wait for every tick tack penalty being called and not letting the defense play the game without calling pass interference.
    _______________

    Please explain to me how that is ANY difference from what happened to Sam Shields on MNF?

    Its one thing to be ticky tack, its another to be completely wrong.

  159. wicky888 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:40 PM

    I’m sure the Pittsburgh, Green Bay and New England point spreads have just doubled

  160. shaggytoodle says: Sep 27, 2012 7:19 PM

    spunjmunke says:Sep 27, 2012 7:33 AM

    And in a couple weeks we’ll all be complaining about the crappy officiating. Congratulations fans, you just went from horrible scab officials to horrible professional officials.
    ___________________________

    There is a huge difference, if you can’t tell your not being honest with yourself.

    People like you that are blinded by the game and would continue to fill the Owners pockets and not mind how horrible the product is.

    Are the reason they didn’t care what fans were seeing anyway.

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