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NFL, Refs Union Reach Tentative Deal Following Seahawks-Packers Uproar

The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative deal, ending the use of replacements refs this season after a controversial call decided the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game on Monday Night Football.

If you've been outside your house the past few days, it would have been hard to miss.

A nationally televised game on Monday Night Football in Seattle with the Seahawks facing the Green Bay Packers came down to the final play of regulation, with Seattle receiver Golden Tate coming down with the ball, or at least the NFL's replacement refs saw it that way. In the end, Seattle won in stunning fashion, 14-12.

And now it seems that was the call that ended the NFL Referee Lock-Out.

The AP is reporting the league and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending the use of replacements refs.

Also on Patch: While Seattle fans enjoyed the spoils on Tuesday, many Packers fans spent Tuesday morning voicing their outrage on Patch over the outcome of Monday night's Packers-Seahawks game.

Margaret Wiggins September 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
"Nationally televised"... good point. If this game had been a regular Sunday one-of-many game then just a few highlights on an NFL show would not have generated near the outrage, and it may not have made much difference in the strike.
Dale Knapinski September 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
It took a punishing blow to a very popular citizen owned team to get a response from the NFL and the referees. A month from now the issue will be all but forgot....until the next strike. Next time, I say the fans go on strike until the issue is resolved.

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