NFL: Deal Reached With Referees, Lockout Over

Starting this evening at the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns in Baltimore, regular NFL referees will be back on the job. From

The NFL reached an agreement with the NFL Referees Association late Wednesday to end the referee lockout and the two sides are working on the paperwork now, according to a league source.

The league later confirmed the agreement.

A high-ranked referee told and NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington earlier that the officials are prepared to immediately begin work, noting he and many others have gotten access to all of the videos from the last three weeks of games that were distributed to the replacement officials.

After three weeks of crappy officiating, now perhaps we can go back to enjoying football for the play on the field.

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  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Solidarity forever!! I bet they get a big cheer.

    • jim_m

      If they get a big cheer it will be because the fans appreciate having decent refs, not because the fans are overwhelmed with affection for unions. Interpretimg an ovation as a sign of union support would be just the sort of ignorant, dumbass idea I expect from you.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Proves you have to pay for quality work.

        • Brian_The_Adequate

          And with unions involved you also often get to pay the same for non work as for the quality work.

        • Wild_Willie

          You have to pay for experience. Unions have nothing to do with that. ww

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            Sure they can, by protecting senior workers from arbitrary termination.

          • jim_m

            Yeah. It’s too bad there aren’t laws that prevent age discrimination. Oh wait….

            Too bad you are stuck in the 1920’s and 1930’s. As I have already said: Many of the contributions of unions are no longer necessary. Many issues, like age discrimination, have become the law.

            Unfortunately, primarily what the unions do today is to prevent crappy workers form being fired. Unions actively promote mediocrity and disincentivize advancement because once you advance to management you become the enemy..

          • retired.military

            “primarily what the unions do today is to prevent crappy workers form being fire”

            Here let me fix that for you.

            “primarily what the unions do today is collect funds from workers willing or unwilling and donate it to their democrat cronies.”

        • jim_m

          One of the biggest complaints against US auto makers is their piss poor quality. While it has improved they still struggle under the rep (deservedly so) for producing crap. Unions are not a symbol of quality. They are a symbol of excessive wages and low productivity today. 70+ years ago the unions served a purpose to turn around poor treatment of employees. That function ceased to be necessary about 2 generations ago.

    • And the fault for this mess lies with the unions.

      • Hugh_G

        And you know that, how?

        • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

          Because The Boss is always right.

          • Because unions are pretty dependably wrong, regardless of with the boss is right or not.

    • So why are you against monopolies on business by corporations but for monopolies on labor by unions?

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Last time I checked, there was only one national professional football league.

        Also, unions can compete for representation of a workforce by ballot. Employees can and do change their unions.

        • Unions should not be able to prevent non union people from working at a job. Period. The term “scab” or pushing the concept of “scab” is an abomination.

  • Vagabond661

    People act like the refs from last season never blew a call.

    • jim_m

      Chico will swear that the refs never blew a call because they are union refs and they by the very nature of being union produce perfect work every time. Also by virtue of being union they deserve whatever they were asking for even if that exceeds the actual value of their work. And certainly they deserve a defined benefit pension plan for doing their part-time jobs, a benefit most (nongovernmental) full time workers cannot get.

  • 914

    Now they can get back to rigging the games.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Football, right?

  • retired.military

    Now we can talk about something more important. Like umm my sock drawer.

  • Side issue, Chico, but I have to ask – you keep saying you are for Gary Johnson, but even a cursory look at his positions and yours show that any match there is minimal at best …