ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The NFL lockout is over. After intense negotiations, the league announced a deal late Wednesday night. The regular refs will be back Thursday night for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens game in Baltimore.
Then the real refs are expected to be back for every game this Sunday including the one between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Seahawks were the beneficiary of the most controversial and questionable call that the replacement refs made during the tenure. That call came on the last play of the game this past Monday. The Seahawks threw a "Hail Mary" pass into the end zone that looked to many to be intercepted by the Green Bay Packers. Instead, the refs ruled the Seahawks player caught the ball, giving Seattle the victory and sparking criticism.
Lots of other decisions by the replacement refs have raised questions as well. NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell lifted the lockout so regular refs could be on the field Thursday night.
Then the official will meet on Friday and Saturday to ratify the deal. It's expected that the refs will approve it.
Goddell released a statement which said in part that the new deal makes long-term reforms that will make officiating better.