The NFL & NFLRA have reached an agreement which the league confirms. This news can’t come soon enough.

Via Pro Football Talk

The NFL and the NFLRA are in simultaneous possession of a new labor deal.

The league and the officials’ union have announced that a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached, and that the regular officials will return for Thursday night’s game between the Browns and the Ravens.

It’s an eight-year deal that still must be ratified by the 121 members of the NFLRA.  As NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos told PFT last night, the vote will be taken on Friday in Dallas.

It’s an eight-year deal, which means that the NFL won’t have to deal with this issue again until 2020.

“The long-term future of our game requires that we seek improvement in every area, including officiating,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “This agreement supports long-term reforms that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating.

“We look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on the field, and I want to give a special thanks to NFL fans for their passion. Now it’s time to put the focus back on the teams and players where it belongs.”

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