NFL, refs reach agreement in time for Thursday night game

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Posted on September 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 8:29 AM

Football fans can rejoice Thursday morning, as the NFL and referees have reached a tentative agreement in their labor dispute, and real referees will be back on the field for Thursday night's game.

The refs had been locked out since June in a dispute over both compensation and the NFL's power to bench bad referees.

The league then brought in replacement referees to start the 2012 season.

It appears that the final straw was the controversial call by replacement refs during Monday night's Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game.

A ref called a hail mary pass a touchdown when it wasn't, giving the Seahawks the win.

The Packers feel they were robbed.

The union will vote on the deal starting Friday.

Meanwhile, regular officials will be on the field for Thursday night's Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens game.

On Sunday, the rest of the regular refs should take the field.

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