NFL and Referees Reach Tentative Deal

Regular refs will return tonight after a controversial call on "Monday Night Football."
3:00 | 09/27/12

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Let's get to the headline football fans have been waiting for. The nfl and nfl referees union, reaching a contract agreement overnight, ending that three-month lockout that had replacement refs calling the shots. The official referees will be back on the field tonight. And john muller is here with all of the very welcome details. John? Reporter: Our long, national referee nightmare is over, after weeks of blown calls and a "monday night football" that will live in infamy. The replacement refs are headed for the showers. The real refs will be back tonight for the ravens/browns game. Across the nation, relief. The referees are locked out no more. Reporter: It was this single moment. This botched call by replacement referees during monday's seahawks/packers game. Who has it? Reporter: That changed what had been a labor dispute over the fight over the integrity of america's most popular sport. Referees union is back. And was this thelay that got them there? It became clear, this is more than winners and losers. This is more than complaining about a bad call here or there. This had to be taken care of. Reporter: It appears to two sides got the message, after hearing from angry fans, players and coaches. The nfl commissioner saying, quote, this agreement supports long-term reformings that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating. Sources say the eight-year agreement pleases both sides, with a compensation increase for referees and the option for the nfl to obtain and train additional officials. This became the story in the country, in the middle of a presidential race. Nfl reacted to that. Reporter: Now, the deal still has to be signed. That will happen on saturday. Don't worry. The real refs are back tonight. The new deal calls for them to get $24,000 in a raise, bringing their salary up to $173,000 next year. And I think after what we've seen, the fans will say they're worth every penny. Guys? Now, there's a lot of pressure on the real refs, no? Bipartisan relationship. But now there will never, ever be a bad call in any nfl game ever. Good news, indeed. Let's get news now.

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