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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: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:12 pm

Explain some things to me here

Is the NFL owned by the players, meaning is it a private industry owned and operted by the players?  If not how can players demand from the owners their financial records.  What obligation does the company (nfl) have to the players in providing such data?  I have worked for several different companies, if I had gone to my boss as a malcontent and demanded that he share with me the financial records of the company as a means to negotiate a better salary package, I think he would have told me to get lost.  Go find another job, where I will be happy.  Good luck and good riddance.  My next question is similar, in that by opening the financial records of each individual nfl franchise aren't you exposing the means for various owners to profit from their product, by not only sharing such data with their associates but also the competitors in their field.  To me it would be like someone saying that Walmart would have to share all of its financial data with Kmart and Target.  Lastly are the players willing to share with the NFL their financial information concerning promotions, advertisements, and endorsements?  After all they are the benefactors of playing on the fields and in the stadiums that the owners and the NFL as a whole provide. 

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:10 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Damn Union Pukes are Ruining this country  & not just Sports.
They had a place when there was child labor, 80 hour work weeks & and other abuses.
Today the Mob Union Bosses & their Goons are abusing our children and other sports fans.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:06 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

the owners are in business to make a profit..anyone who owns a business wants to make a smuch as possible..the players make millions every year with no chance to loss money like owners do..tired of the players whining about 9 billion on table they wanna complain about it..give me  a break.. 

ok so the players dont have the right to collective barganing? This is a unique situation.... The players performance is the product......if the owners want to get replacement players fine get 'em or better yet about the owners get out there and play ... they dont need the players right ?........ the difference between the CFL, Arena league, and NFL is sponsors.......nothing more

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:05 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Totally agree with you Duff_NY. What a crock of poo this is. Does the NFLPA really want us to feel sorry for these guys. All most of them do is make millions of dollars, spend it poorly, make terrible investments, still hang out with their thug friends, have children with multiple woman, cant stay out of trouble, and end up bankrupt. Last time i checked the average Police Officer, Fireman or Soldier wasnt even making $50,000 a year, and they are truley risking their lives everyday. I havent seen them asking their respected cities, states to share revenue. The problem is that 90% of all athletes forget where they came from and dont appreciate what they have. If i was an owner id lock them out for a couple of years and then let them beg for their so called dangerous and hazardous jobs back!!!!!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:51 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

boohoo poor players i think the players should have got an education in college and learned to save and invest but NO i need a Bentley and a mansion i could care less who is on the field when i watch a game i'm cheering on a team, as far as the owners screw paying the players more how about paying the staff that work the games a little more!!! lower your ticket prices some and GET RID of these scum Stubhubers and all the other leeches that bleed the average joe!!

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:48 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Although a new CBA would be ideal, I am glad the union decertified.  This seems like the only way to force the moronic owners to pay up.  The rookie wage scale, recently agreed to, is already saving millions upon millions of dollars from here on out.  Forget the 18-game season, allow retired players to live their post-football lives, and come to grips with the fact that anyone following this situation, unlike the CBA situations in the 80s, is leaning toward backing the players far more than the owners.  There are random "fans" out there who either don't understand the situation or simply have dissenting opinions, but the vast majority of us just wish the NFL would come to its collective senses and realize that no one (sanely) has the owners' wellfare at the top of the list of problems here.
You seemingly have no idea what your talking about.  The rookie wage scale your referencing that will give so much to the owners in savings the owners agreed to give to vets.  They agreed to wave the 18 game season.  They agreed to split the money.  The owners gave ground on every key issue while the players gave nothing on any.  So how about you not reference the random fans who dont understand the situation.  You sir are leading that group.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:45 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

However if you think it's not a union (decertification is a sham) I have some land on the ocean floor that you may be interested in purchasing from me?

This decertification isn't going through..... at least it's my opinion it won't.   If it does, the laws in the good ol U.S.A are a joke beyond belief.   And if there was even a chance it was a slam dunk case like the union makes it out to be, the owners wouldn't bother fighting..... but it isn't that easy.  The courts will obviously know the union planned this from the beginning and reject them.... furthermore the league already sued the union first charging them with an unfair labour practice lawsuit.... if the union isn't allowed to officially decertify the owners are very likely to win their case where they can accuse the players of not bargaining in good faith but instead looking forward to decertifying to force the owner's hand. 
This should get interesting though...... in the end, although i'm on the owner's side and as big an NFL fan as I am, I'm starting to care less and less.... yeah I read... and comment... but if there isn't football every Sunday for one season I'll live.... 

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:34 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Damn.. I was so hoping that would be the end of Demaurice Smith & his gay ass hats.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:34 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

The players are EMPLOYEES!  All this talk about they deserve more millions because they risk their long term health and safety...  Um, who exactly is FORCING them to choose this career?  They do it of their own free will.  The owners are greedy bast a d s, yes, but the players look even worse to me.  Employers choose what they're going to pay.  It's up to the employee to decide if that's good enough.  If not, move on and find something else.  The players are absolutely the bigger of two evils this time, IMO.  They don't give 2 poops about all the "little people" that are going to loose their jobs and incomes without a season, only about the growth of their bank accounts.  F the NFLPA and players.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:12 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Just wait until the owners show their books to the courts. Then we'll see that the owners are lying.
The owners make BILLIONS of dollars, and don't have to risk their longterm health. Most don't have to pay for their stadiums. 
Say so-long to the anti-trust exemptions. Judge Doty already doesn't like the way the owners do business. How much money do you need for "Owning". Lets see, the networks give you billions, plus radio, jersey sales and all the other money that comes in. You in turn sign checks for the players, coaches, ground crew ect.
The players on the other hand, work out 12 months a year, literally risk their health short term and lond term, play for an average of 4 years. They take all the risk now. It use to be a risk to own a NFL team, but now it's just a money making machine.
Why would anybody with half a brain side with the owners?

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