Breaking News: NFLPA Decertify, Union May Disband, NFL Season at Stake

March 11, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL Players Association has decided to decertify, filing their papers today. This means that the union has basically disbanded, and that an NFL season next year is at stake.
Federally-mediated negotiations had been going on for 16 days, and the union had been given a proposal from the league's owners group late this afternoon. They rejected that proposal and let the five p.m. decertification deadline pass. Union chief Demaurice Smith said that "significant differences continue to remain."
"They have chosen to choose another strategy, and that is their choice," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The union can now file a suit, and sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. If they had not decertified, they would have had to wait six months to file a suit after the expiration of the CBA.
Players, like New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees, said that the owners have not provided enough financial information. Before the start of this mornings' meetings, he had t...

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