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Report: Agreement on deal between NFL, officials close

Upon Further Review Football AP

The NFL and its locked out officials were negotiating prior to Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks debacle.

That game, which brought national attention, added light to the negotiations and perhaps a bit of heat.

Now, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen’s reporting that “an agreement in principle is at hand,” with the possibility of regular officials being on the field this weekend.

Of course, this is also like the first wave of “the lockout is about to end,” reports a little over a year ago. In the NFL, there’s really no such thing as “close.” It either is or it is not.

While all signs are pointing to a deal being struck soon, the devil will continue to reside in the details of this one, and until we see Ed Hochuli doing push-ups or a signed contract, it’s not time for a celebration just yet.

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56 Responses to “Report: Agreement on deal between NFL, officials close”
  1. daysend564 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:26 PM

    You just know when they come back, they are going to cost teams some games and everyone will be calling for the replacements.

  2. grogansneck says: Sep 26, 2012 12:26 PM

    Good. Hope this isn’t another bad call.

  3. waussau says: Sep 26, 2012 12:26 PM

    Damn, I was really hoping for drastic measures by the players. I love chaos!

  4. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Sep 26, 2012 12:26 PM

    I think it’s fair to assume that the unjust result of the Packers-Seahawks game was clearly the catalyst that drove the NFL-NFLRA labor dispute toward resolution. Going forward, the league needs to come up with a better “Plan B” in anticipation of any future labor disputes with the NFLRA.

  5. kjm18 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:26 PM

    I can’t wait for the announcers to cover for the old refs the first time they get a call wrong.

  6. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    Progress!!! Hallelujah!

  7. franktherat96 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    I can’t wait to get the real officials back on the field and say while they stink they are not as bad as their replacement counterparts.

  8. rjg427 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    The rules are forever changing, wouldnt they need a week or two to famliarize themselves with the new rules? Im sure they didnt get any nfl paperwork during their lockout..wouldnt this weekend be a little too premature?

  9. donnymacjack says: Sep 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    They might have been negotiating before Monday but I bet it was 99.9% argumentative. Monday night broke the camels back. We need them there this weekend. Begining tomorrow night.

  10. dionoil says: Sep 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    So, 3 more weeks?

  11. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    the cost was only one loss for the packers.

  12. thepvyharvin says: Sep 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    Now that’s taking one for the team. Thanks Packers !!Knew you good for something!- Vikings fan

  13. falcongorestl says: Sep 26, 2012 12:30 PM

    Yay! Back to 100% accurate calls and refs that see everything on the field as it is! Surely the Packers will now go undefeated the rest of the season now that them old refs are comin back! Congrats Pack fans, you’re crying and whining outside Lambeau Field must’ve really swayed this decision. You can all back to your jobs, or couches wherever you’re supposed to be during the week.

  14. krusher33 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:31 PM

    All this time they have actually been watching Hochuli doing repetitions on the weight bench. “Getting close” means he’s finally slowing down.

  15. hoobsher says: Sep 26, 2012 12:31 PM

    do or do not…there is no close

  16. newenglandsports11 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    If this deal doesn’t get done, than Goodell passes Gary Bettman as one of the worst commissioners of all time. You knew this when fans in Baltimore were screaming “B*** S***” at the top of their lungs while Michaels and Collinsworth openly mocked them.

  17. gochargersgo says: Sep 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    Alot of anger/ blame from this lockout is being directed at Goodell. Media outlets and players alike are criticizing the NFL for “tarnishing the shield”. Although he deserves a significant portion, not enough criticism is being directed at the Refs association and NFL owners.

    It is a negotiation, both sides are to blame. The NFL shouldnt just have to give in to whatever demands the Refs are making, however unreasonable they may be.

  18. 11wheatd says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    It was a no-win situation for the replacement refs. Whatever they did, they were going to be criticized.

    I wonder how pissed the other replacement refs are for the ones who screwed up the monday night game

  19. larryboodry says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    I hope this is for real.

  20. SkeletalDrawing says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    I hope so.

  21. rockthered1286 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    Not to be a pessimist but damn, Ravens get stuck with scrubs for their game tomorrow even if the real refs come back.

    Then I remembered its Cleveland so that’s cool.

  22. rahavort says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    It’s about time…

  23. lightcleric says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    until we see Ed Hochuli doing push-ups

    Please God, don’t let this happen shirtless…

  24. flyman2 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Congratulations Packers, Patriots, and Steelers fans.
    For fans of the other 29 teams in the NFL, nothing will change except there will be bad calls at faster speeds.

  25. fran021 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Every game prior to the beginning of the “regular” season should be treated as pre-season and not counted in the standings.

  26. keepthisrealbro says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    I miss Ed Hochuli…..

    Said every nfl fan

  27. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    I bet you anything it was the Rooneys that got this done. They have been behind just about every NFL accomplishment. GO STEELERS

  28. hatesycophants says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    If this report is accurate, it is hilarious that a Packers loss preceded an agreement. Hilarious and sad. Packers fans are the worst.

  29. doug1grohlin says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    Now the Packers will have to go back to beating themselves.

  30. wte1 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    If they make a deal can I still wear my replacement ref costume for Halloween?

  31. jrs1972 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    can we restart the season too? pretty sure the standings would be a bit different right now with ref’s that wernt fired from something called the ‘lingerie league’

  32. commonman79 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    As a Packers fan..Ill say this hallelujah and Ed Hochuli..sucks we got jobbed to get this maybe done..but its early Pack will go 10-6 still

  33. blackbelt4d says: Sep 26, 2012 12:44 PM

    I’m ecstatic at this development.

    Now we will have perfect officiating. There will never again be any blown call of any severity in the NFL, and there will definitely never again be any blown call affecting the outcome of a game.

    Happy days are here again!

  34. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:44 PM

    I want to see a Hochuli vs Tebow dead weightlifting contest.

  35. falcongorestl says: Sep 26, 2012 12:45 PM

    Yea Hochuli is the epitome of perfect officiating…

  36. benh999 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:46 PM

    Now we will never see another game decided by a bad call again!

  37. raidermike says: Sep 26, 2012 12:48 PM

    The best thing about this entire deable is that the Packers are PISSED OFF and the Saints will soon be 0-4.

    Who Dat !!!

  38. Ghost Rat says: Sep 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Thank you to the Green Bay Packers, for taking one for the rest of the league.

  39. jibberator says: Sep 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    Even if the real refs make mistakes, at least we know the best of them are making them and not rookies LOL.

  40. storebrandcookies says: Sep 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    “It’s about damn time”

  41. mcdeez22 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    Anyone else find it hilarious that “jobbed” is the de facto word of choice for what happened to the Packers? Tirico said it first and the rest of the world just ran with it. No one is saying they got “screwed” which I feel is a much more common term. The amount of times I have heard the word “jobbed” in my life just multiplied by 20 over the past two days.

  42. honeybadger14 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    League has completely embarassed itself this year.

    At the time of an announced agreement I hope they have the sense to issue an apology to the fans for having to endure this garbage.

  43. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    falcon they are not a 100% they have made bad calls I dont know what you are thinking and no the packers will not win every game from than on unless the refs are for the packers and the saints can also say they can start winning since they were also saying the replacement refs were costing them games which is all bogus

  44. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:05 PM

    “Belichick won’t be grabbing me”

    — Ed Hochuli

  45. fmwarner says: Sep 26, 2012 1:14 PM

    “Now we’ll never see another blown call again!”

    Har har, you’re hilarious.

    How simple do you have to be to think that just because the old refs blew calls that there is no difference between them and he horror show that is the replacement refs? Try seeing a little nuance.

  46. sportsdrenched says: Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM

    Some of you are missing what the “Regular Refs” bring to the table. Yes, we’re still going to have some missed calls. But what you won’t see is Referee’s losing control of a game like last Monday Night with the Broncos & Falcons, or constantly having to review play after play. The flow of these games has been whack, the control over players and coaches has been whack, the consistancy in penalty calling has been whack. Get the real refs back out there, and get the replacemants back to NAIA and Lingerie Leagues.

  47. markcycy says: Sep 26, 2012 1:22 PM

    What happens if they settle on friday. Does that mean
    the Clevland and baltimore have to play thur night with the replacements and the rest of the league get the regular guys on sunday. If this gets done it will have to be today or wait till next tuesday

  48. voteforno6 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    So, how do we know this isn’t the NFL trying to bum rush the referees into making a deal that they don’t like? That’s pretty much how they did it with the players. I for one would like to finally see someone stick it to Goodell and the owners.

  49. devildog911 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    Soooooo, close…..almost, but not quite…..

    Yawn!

  50. crisper57 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    Peter King just tweeted:

    Peter King ‏@SI_PeterKing
    I’m hearing NFLRA negotiator Scott Green has notified officials that a deal is not imminent. Stay tuned, obviously.

    So Mort is once again full of crap. I hope you screw that liar to the wall, Florio.

  51. jr4real says: Sep 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    i hate to say this but Mort is usually wrong. I can’t stand Scheftler but he has better sources. I dont believe it yet.

  52. mmack66 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:38 PM

    Bring back the regular refs so I can start watching the second game from the beginning and not from the middle of the second quarter.

  53. armchairqb says: Sep 26, 2012 1:48 PM

    Coincidence? I think not.

  54. tdk24 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:51 PM

    So we’re about to go from cheap refs that make mistakes, to expensive refs that make mistakes?

  55. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 26, 2012 6:20 PM

    When this deal is finalized it will be a victory for the American people against immoral billionaires.

    There is no way that the NFL can survive any longer being opposed to truth, justice, and the Green Bay Packers.

    The NFL statement Tuesday exposed their lies, hypocrisy, and immorality and the American people will not stand for that.

    Putting out an adulterated product at higher prices crapped on their NFL brand and shield.

    They better start faking that they are interested in truth, justice, and the American way.

  56. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:44 PM

    whatever the people that hate my comment are either packer fans or saints fans

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