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UNDATED (AP) There appears to be good news coming out of negotiations between the NFL and its locked-out field officials.
With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the league and referees' union were pressing today toward a settlement to end the three-month work stoppage. The contract stalemate has thawed following questionable calls by replacement officials during the first three weeks of the regular season.
Talks continue two days after a controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win. Both sides were said to be nearing a deal and several reports put regular officials back at work perhaps as early as Sunday.
ESPN reported that "an agreement in principle is at hand.'' The New York Times said the sides "were closing in'' on a new agreement.
The NFL declined to confirm that a deal was imminent.