Chris Mortenson reporting deal with NFL referees is “at hand”

We can pretty much guarantee that the Browns will be playing the Ravens under the watchful eye of replacement officials on Thursday night, but it seems there might be a chance that the regular officials will be on hand for this weekend’s games.

So we’ll just have to see how badly NFL owners want to move away from the existing pension plans.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Great news although kind of ironic tomorrow’s game will be the last officiated by the replacements. Hey maybe they’ll go out with a bang and provide another Naked Gunesque moment resulting in a win for the replacement Browns.

  • Dee P

    “Hey! It’s Enrico Polazzo!!”

  • Brownstown

    As long as it comes out in our favor I’m happy!!!!

  • Steve_Not_Chad


  • BenRM

    I’m more impressed an ESPN reporter is actually giving someone else credit for a scoop instead of stealing it as their own. (Still surprised even though they work together).

  • mgbode

    considering that the NFL refused to allow the new rule changes to even get into the hands of the officials and that the “old” officials need to come in, take their tests (both paper and physical), and then practice a bit to make sure they are all on the same page with everything; it seems a bit crazy to think they’d work this weekends games.

    and that is not even considering last minute issues with the contract, the fact that getting everything through the lawyers takes time (even after signatures), or the travel arrangements for everyone (and scheduling of the actual crews).

  • thepaledragon

    According to Peter King, Ed “Guns” Hochuli has kept the refs up to date on all the rules, and the logistics are already in place to get this approved by the weekend: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/09/26/referees-deal/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a0