NFL, referees reach new collective bargaining agreement through 2025 season

Eric He
Yahoo Sports Contributor
The NFL won't have to worry about finding replacement refs for a while. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Remember this glorious moment in NFL history, AKA the “Fail Mary”?

Well, the league won’t have to worry about finding replacement officials anytime soon. The NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached a deal on a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement on Saturday that will run through the 2025 season.

This deal replaces the one signed in 2012 that ended the disastrous referees’ lockout. That contract would have expired at the end of the season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to Football Zebras, the deal involves a concession by the union, as it places a three-year moratorium on fired officials for grievances.

In a statement, the league said that the new CBA encompasses issues surrounding compensation and benefits.

“We see this new CBA as a partnership with the league that benefits our membership but also seeks to make our game better,” said Tony Steratore, a 20-year game official and president of the NFLRA. “We all must keep pace with the speed and skill of the players, not to mention the increased use of technology. It is good to get these negotiations behind us.”

NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green said the agreement was a “mutual and cooperative effort that took over a year and a half.”

“The outcome is seven years of certainty for the league and our officials,” Green said.

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