Monday night’s disastrous final play between the Packers and Seahawks really was the straw that made NFL owners and officials put the differences aside and find a way to reach an agreement on late Wednesday night. Hopefully, the end of the three month lockout will signal a return to normalcy that’s been missed as replacement refs have nearly run the game into the ground during the season’s first three weeks, leaving everyone from fans, sports bettors, players and even the President critical of the league.
The deal between the NFL and NFLRA will last eight years and includes details about officials’ pensions and retirement benefits and adds a pay bump from $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013. The pay will rise to $205,000 by 2019. At this point, it’s safe to say no one cares how much the real referees are paid. Or at least Packers T.J. Lang doesn’t since he was hammering both sides on Twitter after his team lost on Monday.
Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
We wholeheartedly agree with T.J. Pay the zebras whatever they want.