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NFL Reaches Agreement With Real Officials [NoeBrainer]

See ya, replacement officials.  The NFL has finally reached an agreement with the referees’ union.  So, who gets what?

The NFL and the referees’ union reached an agreement on an eight-year deal on Thursday night. The real referees aren’t exactly making chump change under the new deal. The salaries of the officials will increase from an average of $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013. The officials will earn an average of $205,000 by 2019. Not bad, refs. Not bad.

The pension plan for the referees, which was a sticking point, will remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season or until the official earns 20 years of service. Once we get to 2016, the defined benefit plan will be frozen.

To most fans, these details are a lot of blah blah blah. Most of us fans don’t care about the process or the agreement. We just care about the end result. The real officials are back and we can finally focus more of our attention on football.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.

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