The debacle of Monday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers was all the NFL could stand. A bad call led to the Green Bay Packers losing the game on the very last play. It was just the latest in a series of flubs by the replacement referees put in place by the league. On Wednesday, a deal was struck with the real referees. The refs are expected to sign the deal on Friday and pick up their week 4 assignments.
The 8 year deal agreed upon by the two sides is the longest ever between the referees union and the NFL. The refs will get to keep their pensions through 2016, a major area of dispute between the two sides. In 2017, the pensions will switch over to a 401k.
Refs are typically not viewed favorably by the fans. The best case scenario for a ref is usually to not be noticed at all, a sign that they are doing their job right. They are likely to receive a hero’s welcome upon their return to action this time around following the poor performance of the replacement refs. The NFL is a hard game to call, as the athletes competing are some of the biggest and fastest in the world. The speed of the NFL is so much higher than any other level of football competition. The NFL refs are expected to be in action in tonight’s game.