That loud cheering you hear are for the referee's. The only time we will hear such a thing. Last night the NFL referee's ended their lockout as a deal was struck with the Referee's Association, but still needs to be voted on by the ref's.
Last Monday night there was a call felt around the football world when the Green Bay Packers were jobbed out of a win over the Seattle Seahawks on a last second reception. The NFL said there was offensive interference which would have negated the touchdown.
NBC Sports, reports that a crew of real refs is being put together to work Thursday's Browns-Ravens game. On Friday, the officials will go to Dallas to vote on and finalize the deal, pick up their gear and receive their game assignments for Sunday and Monday night.
Pro Football Talk reports that the officials got a pretty good deal. Their current pension plan will remain in place for five years before switching to a 401k. They'll get a four percent raise with 12 game checks this year and 19 in upcoming seasons, including pre-season. They'll even get some cash for the games they missed this year with the refs splitting $2.5 million.
If you ever thought a standing ovation for the ref's would never happen, you might be wrong.