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NFL and referees’ union reach tentative agreement

FILE - In this Nov. 20 2011 file phoan official signals touchdown during second half an NFL football game between

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011, file photo, an official signals a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. The NFL and referees' union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

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Updated: September 26, 2012 11:32PM

The National Football League and the referees’ union have reached a tentative agreement late Wednesday night, which has ended the referee lockout and will see the original referees on the field starting Thursday.

“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.”

According to a press release from the NFL, the agreement was reached on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFL referee’s association.

“Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games.”

More information to come on this breaking story.

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