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NFL and its replay officials reach a labor agreement

The NFL and its replay officials have reached labor peace, thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement.



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The NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) and the NFL have reached a collective bargaining agreement for its replay officials. The CBA was ratified on December 22.

The labor compact is for the replay officials only, not the replay assistants.

“I want to compliment all of the Replay Officials for their dedication to continue working through most of this season without a CBA,” said NFLRA President Carl Paganelli in a news release. “The final agreement recognizes the contributions and key role that Replay Officials provide on each and every play.”

The agreement with the replay officials runs through the 2027 season. In 2019, the NFLRA hammered out an agreement for its on-field officials that assures labor peace through the 2025 season.

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"