NFL headed for lockout with refs, prepares for officiating replacements next season

Saturday May 26th, 2012

The contract between the NFL and its refs is set to expire on June 1 and the league is preparing for replacement refs next season.

USA Today reported on Friday that National Football League spokesman Greg Aiello said that "the goal is to negotiate an agreement" between the National Football League and its referees in creating a new labor agreement.

The NFL announced Thursday that it will hire a Washington-based Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in an attempt to resolve contract disputes with league referees, according to a report from Mark Maske of The Washington Post. The current contract is set to expire June 1 2012.

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