Football fans breathed a collective sigh of relief this week after the National Football League (NFL) reached an agreement to end a labor dispute with its regular game officials.
After two days of marathon negotiations - and mounting frustration throughout the league - the NFL and the officials' union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.
Of all the issues under negotiation, “the most important thing was that we got full time employees," explained Robert Kraft, CEO of The Kraft Group and New England Patriots owner on The Kudlow Report. “We now have the opportunity to hire refs full time with people focused on the NFL 100%."
Beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option to hire referees on a full-time basis who would work on the field during the regular season then teach and train during the off season. Currently officials are all part-time employees and they sometimes work other jobs.