Okay, so there will still be plenty of bad calls, but it will give everyone hope for awhile. Wednesday afternoon it was announced that they were very close to a deal and reported that they may have a deal in time for refs to return to work this weekend. Around midnight last night it was a done deal.

So what were the details of the "new deal?"


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The word from the NFL and Refs is that all will return to "normal" tonight for the Browns-Ravens game.

While the refs are returning to work, the actual deal has to be ratified before it becomes official. The unions 121 members will vote this weekend in Dallas.

Keep in mind that the Refs are classified as part-time employees by the league. The new deal includes changes in their pension plans. It also states that their salaries will increase from an average of $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013, rising to $205,000 by 2019. Not bad for a part-time job.