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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, NFLPlayers.com and NFLPA.org were shut down, their home pages set to "404 Error" messages that featured a new URL -- www.nfllockout.com.

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 .

NFL Labor

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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Comments

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:37 pm
 

NFLPA files decertification paperwork

Really???  Your taking the side of Billion airs??  If they feel they don't have enough money and need an extra BILLION DOLLARS, then they better prove why they feel that way! 
Why would it matter how much someone has?  The point is that its "their" team and their money.  Since when did employess get to tell the boss what to do?  Not in my company.  And certainly not in any other well run bid-ness.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:35 pm
 

NFLPA files decertification paperwork

As for the lockout issue, the OWNERS are asking for 1 billion dollars extra in revenue sharing because they are hurting ???? well if someone asked for 1 billion dollars of my money you can best believe I’m gonna ask to see your financials to prove it - 

I think the point being made is that its not the "players" money.  And that players can and will get replaced constantly and its the team and owners who will stand the test of time here.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:31 pm
 

NFLPA files decertification paperwork

Really???  Your taking the side of Billion airs??  If they feel they don't have enough money and need an extra BILLION DOLLARS, then they better prove why they feel that way! 




Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:10 pm
 

NFLPA files decertification paperwork

Who cares, Let's end football as we know it and get players who want to play the game. In case both sides missed it, the people who are paying the money, the fans, are struggling to feed their families in this economy! All an agreement will accomplish is even higher tickeet prices, so who really cares...... I can not take my family to see them now.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:07 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

You are an uneducated retard..God people are really fing stupid..    The people and the corporations are killing the us, walmart and shit holes like that that pay people shitty and sell chineese shit are killing the US. Idiot



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:03 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Who cares.  They dont care about us, only themselves. Who cares whos right or wrong, bottom line...To quote Sonny from a "Bronx Tale" why you cry for mickey mantle he make 100k a year, you think he cares if you cant pay your rent?    The owners, players dont care about the most important people ...US.  The only thing either of them care about is money and to have more of it, the worlds a mess, people are losing houses and jobs and these idiots have a cash cow with 9 billion and they cant work together..Who cares, pro football sucks...



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Owner's Financial Records????

Most of the comments I see so far are siding with the owners. Most of the reasons are because the players are either overpaid or paid a lot to do what ever the owners want. Let’s get one thing straight, the players don’t get money if the owners don’t won’t to give it. So don’t blame the players for million dollar contracts and then don’t cry about losing money. Simply don’t pay players the millions if you’re gonna whine about it.

 

As for the lockout issue, the OWNERS are asking for 1 billion dollars extra in revenue sharing because they are hurting ???? well if someone asked for 1 billion dollars of my money you can best believe I’m gonna ask to see your financials to prove it, period before I give that amount of money away!!! Seems to me some owners are hiding something in their financial records they don’t won’t to share?? More money perhaps.

 

Just remember owners hold all the cards basically, if owners can’t afford to pay a player high dollars, DON’T. That way nobody can blame them if their organization is hurting or strapped for cash.

 

I have no sympathy for the owners, none




Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:18 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

What right does any player have to the the books of the owners.  What right do they have to ask to see what cash and assests the spouses have.  There are none - it is complete arrogance.  If the players feel they are being unfairly compensated, find something else.  The players are employees.  Why do they care how much money Jerry Jones makes from his oil business - it has nothing to do with football, so he makes billions.  When you want a raise at your job, do you demand to see the books.  Do people who work at Microsoft really care how much Bill Gates makes.

Do the owners get to see how much the athletes make for autographs, commercials and endorsements - and demand some of that.

it is funny how players now think they are not fairly compensated, but the chance to resign a contract, during their labor agreement, you never hear any complaining



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:18 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

@HippieBob- Just HOW are unions abusing children?  It was the formation of unions years ago that helped bring about fair employer practices and one of them was getting children out of sweatshops.  Of course now some corporations have circumvented that by sending jobs to poor countries where they don't care how children are treated.  Post some facts next time you want to make a statement like that.


Ihateumpires
Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:15 pm
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