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NFLPA files decertification paperwork

Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 9:07 pm
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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 .

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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 13, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:41 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Well, I certainly hope this doesn't mean the end of the entire 2011 season.  Why can't these guys just hand over the financial records? I mean it seems to me that they are making more money than they lead on to believe.  I just feel bad for all those special teams players out there that count on the base salary to support their families.  Now they are gonna have to go join the workforce delivering kegs of beer in their hometowns rather than pursue their dreams of climbing the depth chart to have a shot at being an NFL starter and losing a year of their prime simply because a bunch of billioinaires and millionaires can't find a common ground.

I'm not pointing any fingers here, I think both sides need to have a little more give but how greedy can these owners be? Do they really stand to lose that much money.  If you make $2 billion one year and $1 billion the next year, "you ain't starvin"  But I think the players will flinch first since they are are the ones with billions of dollars to sit on while waiting for the other one to swerve.  Plus, the owners don't worry about the lower level guys who are out of work with kids to feed without millions in the bank, the NFLPA does however.  What a clusterf@#k fueled by greed! 



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:37 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Hey radeksrat, show me what economy a millionaire can't live comfortably?
The same one where a billionaire can't live comfortably.  I never said anything about the players not having enough money.  If you think this has anything to do with the players wanting more money because they can't live comfortably then just stop posting because you clearly have no idea what this entire thing is about.

The player's don't own these teams so what right do they really have to any money outside of their contracts?
What are you even talking about here?  Do you know what the negotiations are about?



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:35 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

The PLayers Are All GREEDY Bastards , almost as bad as those Monkeys in the NBA



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:34 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

The thing is Fake that without us fans there aren't those millions or billions of dollars for the players and owners to be arguing over. All of these players have to realize that over time they can ALL be replaced even the special ones, because there will always be a new phenom or excellent student of the game come along and be able to do what the best do now. The best of old have given way to the best of new and the trend will continue. And I don't see NFL players as any better than me because they can run a 4.3 40 or bench press 225lbs 20+ times!!! I guarantee not 10% of them could come in and do my job as well as I do it and have done it since day one, they would be fired on the spot, but they could tell the boss that they can run a 4.3 40 but I doubt the CEO of the company who is worth 99billion dollars would be inpressed!!! yes 99billion not 9 billion.

I don't know if you've noticed, but some people's talents are more marketable than others.  This is why actors and athletes make far more money than you or I do.  You're right, an NFL player probably couldn't do your job.  But you obviously can't do his either.  Should you get paid more?  Maybe, depends on what you do.  But the fact is that more people are willing to pay money for an NFL player's skills than for yours, so he gets paid far more.  I don't know where you've been the past century or so, but this is pretty much how the free market works in the USA.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:30 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Hey radeksrat, show me what economy a millionaire can't live comfortably? The player's don't own these teams so what right do they really have to any money outside of their contracts?



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:28 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Preach on unforgiven!!!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:27 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
Please show me the last time an NFL owner lost money after buying a franchise.  Forbes SportsMoney estimated that each NFL team made an average of $33 million in 2009, nevermind the fact that every franchise consistently increases in value each year.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:26 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

The thing is Fake that without us fans there aren't those millions or billions of dollars for the players and owners to be arguing over. All of these players have to realize that over time they can ALL be replaced even the special ones, because there will always be a new phenom or excellent student of the game come along and be able to do what the best do now. The best of old have given way to the best of new and the trend will continue. And I don't see NFL players as any better than me because they can run a 4.3 40 or bench press 225lbs 20+ times!!! I guarantee not 10% of them could come in and do my job as well as I do it and have done it since day one, they would be fired on the spot, but they could tell the boss that they can run a 4.3 40 but I doubt the CEO of the company who is worth 99billion dollars would be inpressed!!! yes 99billion not 9 billion.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:22 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 crap 9 billion on table they wanna complain about it..give me  a break.. 



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:19 pm
 

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

max, let's see the Colts tear up Manning's contract or the Pats tear up Brady's contract if it means football, yea... no.


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