For NFL officials . . . it's official.
At a meeting Saturday morning in Irving, Texas, the officials voted overwhelmingly in favor of an eight-year agreement with the NFL, a deal struck three days earlier. Of the 117 votes, all but five were in favor of ratifying the contract, far more than the required 51%.
"We were very happy, there were no major issues to come up," Scott Green, president of the NFL Referees Assn., told reporters after the half-hour meeting. "After a 115-day lockout, and having to watch football on TV, we were very enthusiastic about getting back to work."
The vote was pushed to Saturday because the union's bylaws require a certain amount of time to gather members, and the balloting must be in person. After the deal was ratified, crews of officials dispersed for their Sunday and Monday games.