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NFLPA files decertification paperwork

Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 9:07 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

At 4:45 p.m., DeMaurice Smith announced to reporters the NFLPA had rejected the owners' most recent offer on a new CBA and the union was demanding 10 years of audited team financial statements by 5 p.m. Friday in order to agree to an extension of the CBA.

The league apparently didn't blink, and Smith and the union followed through with their plan to apply for decertification, having faxed the paperwork to Judge David Doty's office in Minnesota.

"The NFL Players Association 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 said in a statement. "The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the interest of protecting the current and former professional football players."

The union also faxed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , informing him of the decision. In addition, and were shut down, their home pages set to "404 Error" messages that featured a new URL --

This is relatively interesting, as the NFL hasn't actually decided to lock out the players yet, though they purportedly need to make a decision before midnight to either impose the last set of rules or lock the players out, the former which might result in free agency beginning right away .

Either way, mediation, for now, has ended.

"The parties have not achieved an overall agreement, nor have they been able to resolve the strongly held competing positions that separated them on core issues," mediator George Cohen said. "No useful purpose would be served by requesting the parties to continue the mediation process at this time."

This means the NFLPA is no longer a union, but rather a trade association made up of many individuals. And it also means there's a strong likelihood the players will file an antitrust suit against the league. In fact, reports are beginning to leak out that the players have already filed suit against the NFL, and included some pretty big names as plaintiffs.

The NFL carried some pretty hefty public relation's spin in a lengthy statement of its own .

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No one is happy where we are now," NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said. "I think we know where the commitment was. It was a commitment to litigate all along."

A league statement added: "The union left a very good deal on the table."

It said the offer included splitting the difference in the dispute over how much money owners should be given off the top of the league's revenues. Under the expiring CBA, the owners immediately got about $1 billion before dividing the remainder with the players; the owners originally were asking to roughly double that by getting an additional $1 billion up front.

Also in the NFL's offer, according to the league:
  • Maintaining the 16 regular-season games and four preseason games for at least two years, with any changes negotiable. 
  • Instituting a rookie wage scale through which money saved would be paid to veterans and retired players.
  • Creating new year-round health and safety rules.  
  • Establishing a fund for retired players, with $82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years.  
  • Financial disclosure of audited league and club profitability information that is not even shared with the NFL clubs.
As you can see, the NFL didn't pull any punches when it came to laying its full proposal (or purported proposal, at least) on the table for the media and the fans. Purported is important, too, because shortly after Pash addressed the media and said many of the same thing, a players' lawyer called him a "liar." 

Pash also said, surprisingly, that there has been no decision made on whether the league will lock the players out yet or not.

That's interesting from the perspective that no lockout would dramatically change the landscape of what we expect to see come down the pipe, but it also seems unlikely that the owners wouldn't take that stance.

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Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:30 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

This is a very missinformed comment. NFL players are not just employees like you and I. They are the #1 source of the revenues you mention and without them there won't be 9 Billion to share. You and I are very replacable wy our employers, Aaron Rodgers or Manning end co, not so much.

Agree on the rookies getting paid millions though....

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:29 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Who gives a shit, nothing is going to change, people are still going to watch football. I personally wish they miss the next 3 seasons, then we will see who really wins out of this. Who cares about the fans who provide the greed bastards salaries.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:28 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

 - frst, can everyone stop with the "if I walked up to my boss..." nonsense? You're not a professional football player, so start with that. And once you get past that, understand a few things. The players are not asking for a raise. The players are asking to not have their pay cut. To me more precise, they're asking to see something that shows why a cut in their portion of the revenue is being cut. And if you did have a Union at your job, and your ownership wanted to cut your share or a shared revenue pool, you better believe your Union would want to see some sort of financials to prove that such a move is warranted. That's the whole point of a Union.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:28 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

It still AMAZES me how many of you think the players are trying to get more money from the owners in this dispute!! Are you just not smart or what??

There is definitely fault on both sides of this argument, but for so many of you to think the "spoiled millionaire athletes" are trying to get more money is absolutely comical!!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:27 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

So long NFL.  It's been real.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:27 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork


Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:27 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Now maybe the NFL and Players can't reach an agreement without the retard that was pumping the players heads full of complete nonsense, the retard?

DeMaurice Smith

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:27 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Glad to see that people, especially on a sports website, are finally getting wise to the absurdity of paying people this much money to play a game, giving owners so much money to run a team, and that with limited dollars all around the world will be better if this 'priority' gets right-sized. The rest of the world's economic problems is finally hitting home for everybody -- now the NFLPA and the NFL will also feel a bit of the pain that the rest of the country is feeling...I'd rather spend my money on my kids' education and their actual participation in sports.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:26 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

This is not what I was hoping would happen as I'm sure a lot of you are feeling the same way. I hope they get this resolved sooner than later because I may not be a whole lot, but I am one person that will never watch another NFL game if a single game is missed this year. I quit watching baseball because of the strike and I will stop watching football too. I love the game, but this is just plain greed. These guys are already making way too much money to be griping like this. 

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:25 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Like health care for occupants of one of sports most dangerous jobs?
These people have the best medical attention money can buy (the dude in the phone commercial notwithstanding)

If any of us got hurt like these guys, we'd be spending weeks in the hospital to recover from injuries they recover from in days.

When was the last time you had a hyperbaric chamber?

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