by Brett Stolpestad
The National Football League and the NFL Referees Association reached an agreement Wednesday night giving the NFL officials a new eight-year labor deal and effectively ending the lockout, The New york Times reported.
The new eight-year labor deal was put into writing late last night and the regular NFL officials are to take the field Thursday night in Baltimore according to Commissioner Roger Goodell , The Washington Post reported.
The new labor agreement was made after a three weeks of controversial calls made by the unprepared, unseasoned replacement officials.
The New York Times reported that Goodell temporarily lifted the lockout so the regular referees will be able to officiate Thursday's game in Baltimore. The officials' union will vote to ratify the contract on Saturday.