The NFL reached an agreement with the NFL Referees Association on Wednesday night to end the lockout. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the refs will be back on the field starting Thursday night.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Wednesday night that the stalemate is indeed over. The agreement is completed in principle.
A joint statement released by the NFL and NFL Referees’ Association……
The NFL and NFLRA are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement tonight on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.
“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.”
“Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games.”
The NFLRA will vote to ratify the new CBA on Saturday.