NFL, officials reach agreement to end lockout

  • The NFL and the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) reached an agreement on Wednesday night over an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.

    The consensus comes nearly 48 hours after the highly controversial ruling that decided Monday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell temporarily lifted the lockout so that officials can work Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

    Officials will vote on the agreement Friday and Saturday, with a clinic for the officials to be held after the vote.

    The new collective bargaining agreement is the longest between the league and game officials in NFL history.

    "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 long-term future of our game requires that we seek improvement in every area, including officiating. This agreement supports long-term reforms that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating,” Goodell said.