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ESPN: Movement in NFL referee impasse

ESPN is reporting a deal is imminent for NFL referees to be back on the filed by this Sunday.

ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports an agreement in principle is at hand.

Still, there is a ways to go.

Latest AP wire story below:

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the NFL and its locked-out officials have resumed talks in an attempt to resolve an impasse that has created a firestorm over the use of replacements refs.

The talks began again Wednesday after both sides met through Monday night, breaking off at 2 a.m. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions were not made public. The person would not characterize the talks.

Negotiations have been ongoing the past week but have taken on heightened urgency following the "Monday Night Football" game. That's when Seattle beat Green Bay 14-12 on a missed call by an official on the final play.

Even President Barack Obama has weighed in on the dispute. He tweeted Tuesday that "NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon."


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