In reality this news comes as no surprise in the wake of the Monday Night Thriller, which featured one of the most controversial endings in sports history; one which resulted in a tidal wave negative tweets and comments from current and former NFL players, Sports Analysts, and Football fans world wide. The residual affects of this particular game not only would have tainted the rest of the 2012 season, it likely would have put Roger Goodell’s job in jeopardy. To the lockout referees, one could say that the game Monday night was a blessing, as many predicted the idea of Roger Goodell conceding defeat and negotiating a deal with the locked out referees as inevitable.
Reports have come in that Roger Goodell and the lockout referees not only have resumed negotiations, they have reached an 8-year deal that will bring the lockout referees back effective immediately; though many have noted their return set for this weekend. Details of the deal should include the following aspects upon full completion;
- Improved salaries
- Retirement benefits
- A pension freeze
- A higher 401(k) match
- The creation of a developmental program as a compromise to the NFL’s demand for the addition of 21 officials to the current contingent of 121 NFLRA
Though there are still aspects of this deal to be negotiated and agreed upon, to many this is not just a victory for the referees; this also represents a victory for the NFL as a whole, as this news has been well received by practically everyone. The NFL’s regular crews will be back at work starting Thursday night.