Referees agree to terms with NFL

Over half of the 119 members of the NFL Referees Association voted on Wednesday to approve a six-year deal with the league that will put them back to work immediately and double their salaries in 2001. By 2004, they will see a 100 percent raise from what they made last season.

Replacement officials worked the final preseason game and the first week of regular season while the league and its locked-out referees continued a series of negotiations.

Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Dan Rooney and NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw underwent extensive negotiations on Sunday and Monday in order to find a way for the referees and league to strike a deal.

The replacement officials, who were paid $2,000 per game, are guaranteed two more game checks.

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