NFL referee deal is still up for a vote, but the union referees will be back officiating Thursday night's NFL game. The NFL referee deal frees the NFL from paying the referees' pensions, but includes generous 401(k) contributions and pay increases.
NFL replacement referees cost the Green Bay Packers a win Monday night, and frustrations are reaching a boiling point. But while fans, players, and coaches are paying a price, the NFL itself isn't losing anything but the public relations battle.
The Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a controversial call on the last play of the game. Interception or touchdown? The Seahawks victory is focusing fresh attention on the NFL replacement referees.