The regular referees are returning to the NFL. On Wednesday night, the NFL and the NFLRA announced that they have agreed to a new eight-year labor deal. The new collective bargaining agreement is still subject to ratification by the NFLRA. In a joint statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the regular officials will be on the field for Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
The new labor deal comes after weeks of outcry over the replacement officials' ability to correctly enforce the rules. Numerous blown and missed calls have plagued the league this season, culminating in a controversial last-second interception ruled touchdown catch that resulted in Seattle beating Green Bay on "Monday Night Football." Other mistakes have come regarding challenges, timeouts and penalty yardage.