By Bill Carey
May 25, 2012

Mike Carey, NFL Referee The NFL and its referees are heading to mediation to try to agree on a new contract. (Kevin B. Cox/Getty Images)

The NFL and its referees will use federal mediation to try to come to terms on a new contract, reports The Washington Post's Mark Maske.

Without a new agreement, the league risks having to use replacement officials for the 2012-13 season.

The current contract between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association ends this month. On Thursday, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced that the two sides would be attending mediation to try to agree on a new deal.

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