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NFL referees approve new contract
Replacement referee Jim Core questions a call during a season-opening game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 10.
Replacement referee Jim Core questions a call during a season-opening game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 10.
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ith a 112-5 vote on Saturday, NFL referees ended their dispute with the league and approved an eight-year contract, before hustling off to get back to work in time for Sunday football games. The vote ended a labor spat that created three weeks of increasingly chaotic games run by replacement officials who drew widespread criticism for making a number of bad calls.

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