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NBA refs to return for regular season

Updated: October 26, 2009, 10:26 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

It's a done deal: The regular NBA refs will be back for the start of the regular season.

A nearly monthlong lockout of the league's 57 referees effectively ended Friday night when they approved, on a voice vote, the collective bargaining deal that was agreed to in principle Tuesday.

"We are pleased to reach this agreement," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "The negotiations extended further than either side had hoped, but when our regular season tips off on Tuesday ...

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