If the NFL didn’t get this done right away following that debacle Monday night they seriously were risking tarnishing a multibillion-dollar brand. Let’s hope it’s done today.
The NFL’s locked-out officials could return as early as this weekend after a marathon bargaining session lasted into the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to ESPN.
The network reported on its website quoting sources on both sides that “an agreement in principle is at hand.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told FOXsports.com that he would not confirm an agreement has been reached.
“We are not commenting on that story,” Aiello said.
The NFL — which locked out the officials in June after the league and the NFL Referees Association failed to come to deal on a new contract — has said previously that the replacement officials would work through Week 5. The NFLRA claims, however, that its members have passed physicals, have been trained and are set to go.