NFL Reaches Tentative Agreement With Refs

AP, By Barry Wilner, September 27

New York – The NFL and the referees’ union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.

“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night” for the Cleveland-Baltimore game, Commissioner Roger Goodell said after a day of marathon negotiations.

With Goodell at the table, the sides concluded two days of talks with the announcement of a tentative eight-year deal, which must be ratified by 51 percent of the union’s 121 members. They plan to vote Friday.

“Welcome back REFS,” Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller tweeted.

Our long national nightmare is over.

2 comments to NFL Reaches Tentative Agreement With Refs

  • Being a San Diego Chargers fan and vividly remembering a call made in one game against Denver by Ed Hoculi, a call which was egregious and not only cost us the game but took us out of the playoffs, I am completely unmoved by this news. I, seemingly, was the only person writing in public who did not think the regular refs were flawless.

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    N.H.L. Preseason Canceled; Labor Talks to Resume

    New York Times, By Jeff Z. Klein, September 27

    Formal negotiations are scheduled to resume Friday between N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, the executive director of the N.H.L. Players’ Association — the first formal bargaining since Sept. 12, three days before the lockout began.

    Friday’s talks are expected to focus on secondary economic issues and will not address the core issue of how to split revenue.

    The remainder of the preseason schedule was canceled Thursday, including a game between the Islanders and the Devils on Tuesday that was to be the first sporting event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The league’s regular season is supposed to begin Oct. 11.

    In recent days, several figures have voiced fears that the entire season will be lost to the lockout, as the 2004-5 season was. Those included Detroit Red Wings forward Dan Cleary, the former player Bobby Holik and the respected Canadian commentator Bob McKenzie, who said Tuesday, “I’m not at all optimistic that there’s going to be hockey this year.”

    But others believe that with their N.H.L. revenue growing robustly each year, to $3.3 billion for last season, the owners have too much at stake to risk the whole season. In 2004-5 Bettman and the owners said the league was deeply in the red.

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