NFL Lockout: Players Union Files For Decertification

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith (C) and NFL players Jeff Saturday (L) and Charlie Batch (R) talk with the media following meetings at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building in Washington, DC. The NFLPA has filed for decertification and will no longer be the exclusive collective bargaining representative for the players. Players will now be able to file antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

After months of speculation, then some negotiating, and even after a week extra of negotiating, the NFL and the NFLPA were unable to come to terms on a new CBA. As they had threatened would happen, the players association filed for decertification, thus disbanding the union. This is the press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.

What is next? The NFLPA will go to court if the NFL locks out the players. By law, a business cannot lock out workers if there is no union. If they do, players will file suit for breach of anti-trust laws.

What does this mean?

It means that we now have to wait for a judge to decide the future of the league. It likely means there will in fact be football this fall.

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