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NEW YORK (WZZM) -- The NFL's three-month lockout of its referees appears to be over, according to NFL.com.
The league website is reporting a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday night with the NFL Referee Association. NFL.com's Albert Breer is reporting the two sides are working on the paperwork for the deal.
The referees were seeking a new contract with the league, which they wanted to include pay increases. USA Today is reporting the two sides also reached an agreement on added officiating crews. The sticking point appeared to have been the referees' pensions -- the officials wanted to keep their current pension system, while the league wanted to switch to a 401(k) plan.
The two sides have also been trying to reach a deal in time to have regular officials -- in place of replacements -- on the field in time for week four games. The Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns in a game Thursday night.