NFL referees

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NFL Refs Approve Deal, Ready For Sunday Games

When the Raiders and the 49ers play on Sunday, the referees will not be replacements. NFL officials ended their labor dispute with the league by approving a new eight-year contract with a 112-5 vote Saturday.


Referees take the field before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens led the Browns 9-7 at the half. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Should Regular NFL Officials Take A Bow?

The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon the Baltimore Ravens, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.


NFL referee Ed Hochuli at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: NFL Referees Return; Lockout Effects To Linger

The sigh of relief will not erase three weeks of controversial calls, John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.


Running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders rushes the football past linebacker Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of the NFL preseason game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Fear Of Injury Hurting Pro Football

The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 6-3 Wednesday night in a pre-season game that featured little offense, only a brief appearance by Eli Manning and no appearance by Tom Brady.


A referee  signals a safety after an intentional grounding call against Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: NFL Players Won’t Walk For Refs

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told he wouldn’t rule out a players’ strike in support of locked out referees. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew that won’t happen.


John Madden (KCBS)

Daily Madden: Substitute Refs Don’t Make The Cut

The NFL is using substitute referees in pre-season games as the league’s labor dispute with officials continues. “It’s a big problem,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “People want to say you know they’ll be okay and the other guys aren’t really that good so they can’t be much worse. I don’t believe any of that.”