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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: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:06 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

I'm really tired of hearing that the players are out there putting their bodies on the line. The year is 2011 there is not one single NFL Player who does not know that this is a dangerous game and their way of life can be altered. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE SAID I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF THE DANGER. I'M GOING TO GET A NINE TO FIVE JOB WITH A BOSS THAT CAN GIVE A HEART ATTACK. There is not another business out there that would pay these people the kind of money that they make that is why the suit up and take the chance. No one is at fault here; each side is doing what they think is best for them. 
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? 

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:04 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

How interesting.  Here is football reporting at its best...?!  I'm sorry but where is the score of the game?  How about some game stats so we can appreciate who threw for how many yards, picks, yards gained....?  Why is this drivel being reported as "Sports news".  I open up the NFL tab to read this?  A bunch of guys in suits taking courtoom shots and using the media to communicate to other guys in suits...please.  Trade in your suits, put on some unforms and play football and if there are some games to report on then, by all means, please include in this area.  Otherwise, move this "news" to another venue more appropriate - I follow sports as an escape from this kind of drudgery.  I can't be alone...
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:55 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.

Now that NFL owners have dropped to MLB owner levels, baseball gained a little bit of ground on football.  Maybe 1/2 inch.  Maybe.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:54 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

How about if all us fans flood the email boxes of our favorite teams and players and tell them the following:
If you crybaby millionaires deprive we, the fans, of one single minuteof NFL play, we will not buy a game ticket, watch you on TV, buy any NFL merchandise, and will not purchase anything from any NFL sponsor or advertiser for a period of 3 years. So help us God.
If they get enough of these, they will settle fast....without us, there are no 9 billion dollars to fight over.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:50 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

NEW CBA should be:

Players get their contracted money!

Owner's pay for all medical benifits for current and former NFL players.

Owner's keep their profits after that point.

Alright enough about football because it is Championship Weekend... Go Boilermakers!!!

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:50 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Keep in mind while the players receive a salary with no risk of loss, the owners aren't thinking about the thousands to millions of dollars in health care costs these players will have to deal with after the lights go out on their careers.  Injuries that they incur because they are out there putting their bodies on the line every day to sell tickets, jerseys and put money in these owner's bank accounts.  With the way health care costs and head injuries in the NFLare sky rocketing these days you cannot ignore that aspect of the game.  I don't think Obamacare will be sufficient to deal with the kind of health problems these no name offensive and Defensive linemen have to deal with when the curtains go down.  But you can't bother an owner with these human and emotional factors, not when $$$ is involved!!!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:49 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

In '05 when a deal was reached for the current (previous) CBA, the owners took 1 billions off the top for operating expenses. At that time the league was making approximately 5 billion, about 20 percent. This year the league made 9 billion, almost twice the amount and the owners are still taking the same 1 billion off the top, now is about 11 percent.  Approximately a 50 percent difference for 5 years ago. It would seem reasonable that the union would see the logic and move forward with a plan. Instead now all fans will have to endure a painfully unneccesary turmoil this summer and wait for a judge to rule on the subject. Sure seems like there could have been a much better way to find a compromise, even it is on both sides.

At least the NCAA brackets will be out this weekend and the tourney will distract us for a while.....

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:45 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Yes I do know what the negotiations are about. 9 Billion dollars in revenues and how they should be split. So it is absolutely about money if that is what you are trying to say that it isn't about. The only thing I think the owner's should give on is benifit's. These players play a dangerous game and absolutely after they retire they should be awarded full benifits for their services rendered.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:44 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

lets at least hope that out of this demaurice smith is never leading the nflpa again. hes useless

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:41 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Oh I am not disagreeing with you that I could do what they do. I was a very good athlete in my day and could probably be better than a lot of people but I am not saying that I have what it takes to make it in the NFL. All I am saying is that it is a business. These owner's fund these athletes career's and now there is going to be a work stoppage because these player's/union want more, and more, and more, when does that end? Peyton Manning is due to make over 23 million dollars this year and if trends continue where players keep getting more and more and more then these owner's will start to lose some of their profits, not lose money, but a cut of their profits. How do you think they are going to deal with these losses? They are going to raise ticket prices, again! NFL merchandise will become more unaffordable than what it is. So I think the owner's have picked a perfect time to make a change in the system.

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