On Thursday, NFLPA officials will meet with the Eagles as part of a team-by-team effort to obtain advance authorization to decertify the union, a move that would be used to block a lockout — and to set the stage for a possible antritust lawsuit against the league.
While it has been presumed that the various teams will rubber stamp the move, Tim McManus of PhillySportsDaily.com reports that Eagles players may vote against decertification.
Per McManus, “the Eagles are more likely to vote against decertification as it stands
right now. But there is open-mindedness heading in, as the Eagles are
curious to hear what the NFLPA representatives have to say about the
matter. The meeting could sway the decision.”
In the end, it may not matter. Decertification requires only a majority vote of all players; already, the union has harvested 59 votes in favor of decertification, with none opposing it.
As a result, we fully expect the union to have the ability to decertify, if the union chooses to do so. Whether the union chooses to do so remains to be seen.