After three weeks of increasingly mismanaged football, the referee lock out has officially been resolved. On Saturday the referee union voted on the terms of the new CBA and it passed, 112-5. So the question is now, what exactly were they fighting over in the first place? Here is a quick look at the terms of the new referee CBA.
The new CBA will last 8 years (which is the longest referee deal in league history), so NFL fans will now have at least seven years of not worrying about replacement refs.
The new deal also calls for a referee pay raise from $149,000 a year in 2011, to $173,000 a year in 2013, and resulting in a final raise of $205,000 a year in 2019.
The officials will also keep their current benefit and pension plan until 2016, then it will be frozen and not see any new increases.
New officials will receive a retirement benefits plan and in 2013 the NFL will have the option to hire a few officials on a full time basis to work year round.