NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to fans Thursday for the referee lockout that forced pro football to use replacement referees who were criticized for making several bad calls — including one that cost the Green Bay Packers a win on Monday. The NFL announced late Wednesday that it had reached a tentative deal with its referees, allowing the real officials to return to work this week. "Something like this, it's painful for everybody," Goodell said. "Most importantly, it's painful for fans. We're sorry to have to put fans through that."
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