Marc Weinreich
Tuesday September 4th, 2012

The NFLRA and the NFL are reportedly $70 million apart in negotiations. (Larry French/Getty Images)

The National Football League is still far from reaching a deal with its locked out referees, and according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports', the two sides are reportedly $70 million apart in negotiating a new contract.

Citing an e-mail from NFLRA spokesman Michael Arnold to PFT, Florio reported that the officials' current proposal asks for $30 million in salary and benefits for the 2012 season.

Florio also confirmed citing a league source that the refs refused to budge from their pre-lockout position when the two sides met on Sept. 1:

A league source tells PFT that, when the parties met on Saturday, the NFLRA reverted to their pre-lockout position, which creates a gap of up to $70 million over the seven-year life of the deal.
The replacement refs, meanwhile, will get the chance to prove naysayers wrong when the NFL kicks off its regular season on Sept. 5 with a night game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

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