5 things to know about NFL ref deal

Despite replacement referee madness, the league will survive

Originally Published: September 26, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Replacement officiating, a national embarrassment, ended late Wednesday night when the NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached agreement on an eight-year deal.

The deal was done in time for a crew to be in place for the Thursday night game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens, along with the 13 other games scheduled for Sunday and one on Monday night. After 48 regular-season games of botched calls, incorrect interpretations of rules, misplaced spotting ...

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