NFL officials will convene Saturday and vote on an agreement reached with the NFL late Wednesday.
If the deal is approved, the majority of officials will then fly directly to their Sunday games, working in the same crews as last season. To be ratified, the deal needs at least 51% approval of the union's 121 members.
The vote will be taken Saturday because a minimum amount of time is required before any vote can be taken. Because the agreement was last-minute, Saturday was the earliest a vote could be taken. Likewise, the bylaws require that the vote be taken in person.
"It's all history now," head linesman Tom Stabile told the Associated Press, describing the Hail Mary mistake in the Green Bay-Seattle game as the tipping point. "For us, it was a benefit. It may have been the straw that broke the camel's back."