NFL and Referees Reach Deal, to Return For Thursday Night Football
Upon further review, the reign of replacement referees has been overturned, and the professional officials retain possession of football once again.
After three regular season weeks and a preseason with replacement referees, the NFL began skating on thin ice as the criticism, errors and incompetence of their replacement referees exponentially grew. Then after Monday night’s fiasco in Seattle between the Packers and Seahawks, the NFL’s shield cracked and the league’s legitimacy fell through. But in the end, it helped fuel the talks between the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) to get a deal done so the replacement referees could be replaced by the locked-out professional officials.
On Wednesday, the two parties reached an agreement, and the professional officials will be back for Week 4, starting with the Thursday Night Football game between the Browns and Ravens. After months of differences between the NFL and NFLRA, mainly on the NFL wanting full-time and “bench” officials, and the NFLRA wanting a better pension plan, the two sides resolved their issues in a manner that benefits both parties, as well as the coaches, players and fans. The deal will have the professional officials on the field through the 2019 season.
The football world is once again at peace, following a brutal public relations war this week between the NFL and, well, everyone else.
For details of the agreement between the NFL and NFLRA, click the link to NFL.com. Check back here tomorrow, where I’ll be getting more in-depth about how this all played out over the past week.