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Tentative Deal Between NFL, Regular Referees Is ‘At Hand’

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Referee Robert Dalton during a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 23: Referee Robert Dalton during a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The long, somewhat-overblown national nightmare that’s been the referee lockout appears headed to a conclusion. A deal to get the regular referees back is on the horizon, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman confirms a tentative deal between the NFL and locked-out officials.

There’s no signed agreement but a variety of sources tell Freman a deal is so close that locked out officials and the NFL could have something permanent in place by the end of the week. Significant progress was made during the past 24 hours.

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