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Officials gather for contract ratification vote

2 years ago September 28, 2012 Sep 28, 2012 Friday, September 28 2012 Friday, September 28, 2012 1:42:17 PM EDT in Sports
Source: Associated Press

IRVING, Texas - NFL referees and other game officials who are starting to vote on a new contract say they're excited to get back to work.

The officials started arriving today at a hotel near Dallas to discuss and vote on the agreement that was reached with the league late Wednesday. The tentative deal brought an end to the league lockout, and allowed the union refs to work last night's game in Baltimore.

The deal still has to be ratified by 51 percent of the union's 121 members.

Some of the union members say they thought Monday night's Packers-Seahawks game provided the final push for a settlement. The game ended in chaos after a call in the end zone gave the Seahawks the winning touchdown. The league has since said the touchdown should have been negated by a penalty.

One ref who declined to say whether the replacements had made the right call on that play says, "You don't want to see teams lose games that they shouldn't have lost, if indeed that's what happened."

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