Report: Refs, NFL back at bargaining table

The NFL and NFL Referees Association are back at the bargaining table today, less than 12 hours after the Seattle Seahawks topped the Green Bay Packers on a nationally televised “Monday Night Football” debacle.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports the sides talked on the phone Monday and are meeting in person today after weekend meetings that involved Commissioner Roger Goodell.

At stake right now are pensions. Breer reports officials are open to a 401k plan for new officials but they want current referees grandfathered in with the current pension plan. The league apparently is unwilling to do that at this point.

Pay also remains an issue but according to Breer the sticking issue right now is pension. After Monday’s sham in Seattle it will be interesting to see if the NFL’s 32 owners are motivated to get a deal done before Week 4 begins.

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