According to multiple sources, the NFL and NFLRA(NFL Referee’s Association) have agree to terms on a new deal and will on the field for the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
Pending ratification by the NFLRA on Friday, the new deal is reportedly for eight years, and will include a pension for five years and a retirement 401K.
With the deal being approved, the regular referees will be on the field in Baltimore and for this coming week’s games.
After the much-maligned and highly televised debacle on Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and NFLRA would resume negotiations for 31 hours with a deal finally being agreed upon.
With the regular referees back in place, how this affects the upcoming Browns-Ravens tilt remains to be seen.
What fans will see is a better more polished product on the field and a sense of order that the replacement referees failed to maintain.
Will having the real referees back help the Browns end their nine-game losing streak? Doubtful.
But with the real zebras back, there will finally be a sense of proper control, clarity and order on the field that both Goddell and the replacements enabled.
For football fans everywhere, it’s both a great—and sad—day when you are happy to have the referee back.
Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.
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