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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 .

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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Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:51 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

I WAS a MLB fan until their strike.  Now unforetunately it looks like I am going to be a former MFL fan. There is a ton ofmoney in the NFL.  I am sorry that the players are being as greedy as they are.  They have now put this inthe courts.  They are trying to set upthe league for things the union should have addressed earlier.  They are fairly compensated for thier efforts andcan support retirement and health funding.  The decertification of the union will add dollars & time to a resolution of Big bucks vs Big bucks.  They forget that guys who make less than $60K a year give them their income.  Let them sit out!  I will sit out and don't expect to see my dollars supporting anything NF!!!!

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:50 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

@irregardless...yea, the players wouldn't be millionaires without the NFL, but the NFL wouldn't be a 9 BILLION dollar business without its players.  Do you honestly think if the teams brought in enough people off the street to play the games they would make nearly as much money? Of course not
Not just anybody "off the street" obviously, but if you started with say, the draft eligible players this year, and other player who "just missed" last year and were not on NFL rosters....very quickly you could have the NFL restarted and games being played that would still generate huge revenues as the fans will start to foget about the current players...maybe not $9billion, but say you drop 25% for the same 16 games (or about $2.25 billion) but your labor costs drop maybe 60% or 70% or more--say go from an average salary of $1.9mil/year now to say $300thousand/yr x 52 players x 32 teams (over $2.5billion) and then, of course, the league is also free, with no union, to add 2 or 3 games a year to make up some more revenue with no salary increase.  The NFL might not be the same, but it will still exist -- the players on the other hand, well good luck finding another job that pays an average salary of $1.9 million per year.  Do you really think Peyton Manning wants to walk away from another $70mil to $100 mil that his next contract might bring?  Or even half of that under a tighter salary cap?  What about the guys coming out of college --- $6mill to play NFL football under the rookie salary cap for a top ten pick or, what $30K to work some entry level job somewhere (assuming they actually go their degree and are at all qualified)?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:50 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Well I am about ready to go a season without the NFL. If the NHL can do it then so can the NFL. It takes most people near 40 years to make $1,000,000 and most of the these players make that in half of a season and some each game. And then the owners they all have so much money none of them are worth supporting. And then look at the great Jerry Jones and his new tribute to himself with that stadium. I am looking forward to no football oh maybe the it has changed from the No Fun League to the the No Football League. Maybe if bothe the players andd owners went out and dug ditches or sold items to the public then they might have more passion for what it is costing the fan to go to a game. And that is what I am talking about. The fans and maybe it would be better if this was the No Fan League and then I wonder how many millionaire owners and players would be around.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:48 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

We're never going to get anywhere until people understand that we cannot compare our jobs to the jobs of NFL players. NFL players are paid from a shared revenue pool. They have a Union to represent their interests.

not anymore they don't.

The owners are saying that they want to add a billion dollars ( or $600 million now ) off the top of their shared annual revenues, and they refuse to provide financial need for said move.

Because they are the business owners, and the players are employees, and the owners do not have to disclose anything. Nor should they have to.
They pay for everything, including the salaries of the employees that play ball for them.

They're essentially saying "Yeah, you know that $1 billion we take off the top? We need that to be $1.6 billion. Trust us...we need it," which naturally is not going to fly with the Union. So, the Union said we'll talk about it when we can see why you need us to. The owners balked. Again and again and again.

No, they didn't let the players (employees) hold them hostage, since the owners are correct in their stance, and understand that every single player of today has a shelf life, and was always meant to be replaced at some point.

And as far as why the Union decertified now, that's an easy one. If they didn't do it by 5:00 EST they would not be able to do it for six months. They took it as far as they could.

They tried to bluff, and were called on it.

AES you are the one looking at it from the wrong perspective. You are looking at it as a jealous employee that draws a paycheck, and doesn't like that someone more talents created the business, so they have more control.

This is what Unions do, price themselves out of a job.

Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:47 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

they do! those guys don't have any financial needs

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:47 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

My beef with the owners is that they are the folks who bid for the services of the players and then they complain the players make too much money. Well, duuhh, who's to blame?

My beef with the players is that they think they are not replaceable, but they most certainly are. Attendance to games is not all (or even mostly) about the level of talent. My Detroit Lions have arguably more talent then do the MSU Spartans or the UofM Wolverines, but they don't draw as large of a crowd.

I want to watch a team that has a reasonable chance of winning. The most important thing to me is that the playing field be reasonably level. I'd be thrilled if each year they started each team over and drafted like fantasy leagues. Top player gets 5 million, next player 4.95, etc.

As it now, I find watching college ball more compelling than watching the Lions. At least every decade or three my college teams aren't laughed at.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:43 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

It isn't a PARTNERSHIP!  It's a freaking business.  The greedy players need to be reminded they play a GAME and get paid incredible salaries to work AS EMPLOYEES of the owner's businesses.  Let them sit there and not get paid, the owners can and should get replacement players as they did once before.  The players are 100% wrong in this one.... and the fans get to pay the ultimate cost. 

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:42 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

The NFL needs to move to Japan, before the Nuclear plant blows. Then decide what's more important. tick tock

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:42 pm

NFLPA officially files decertification paperwork

Without the players the Owners are nothing. The players are the ones that risk future physical deterioration and should be compensated accordingly.

and each year they get replaced...

and we still watch, and players still line up to play.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:41 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.

Wrong. It is exactly what they are and there are literally thousands of college players and CFL players that will be more than happy to take their place.

And in five years you will root for them just as much as these greedy ones that are pricing themselves out of a job, when they are making 1/3 what current players do.

Did the world stop when Joe Montana retired? Jerry Rice? Dan Marino?

You are the misinformed one.

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