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Report: Union plans to decertify

DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae

Get ready for the labor battle to be turned up a notch.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that the NFLPA will decertify by Thursday in the hopes of stopping the NFL owners from locking the players out.

This move would further push the NFL-NFLPA standoff from the negotiating table into the courtrooms.  The NFL is expected to contest any decertification as a sham.  The battle could open up a lot of antitrust issues.

The NFL and NFLPA are set to re-start federally mediated negotiations on March 1 under this cloud of decertification.

I’m not the legal expert around these parts, and will defer to Florio on the topic.  But you don’t need to be a legal expert to know this back-and-forth is all about leverage, and decertification is an attempt by the NFLPA to gain the upper hand.

It’s a reminder that we can expect to settle in for a protracted battle.  As if we needed another one.

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52 Responses to “Report: Union plans to decertify”
  1. mattsffrd says: Feb 26, 2011 5:31 PM

    useless idiots

    both sides

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    Since you’re not the legal expert there, maybe you should defer comment until Olga the night custodian gets to the office and has a chance to analyze things.

  3. pattunya says: Feb 26, 2011 5:33 PM

    Free king mow rons!

  4. dan1919 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:37 PM

    The players have the owners by the balls. Owners can’t lock them out if they decertify. I hope the players keep the hammer down. There is no reason for the owners to want them to give so much back.

  5. medtxpack says: Feb 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    cut a deal and quit trying to show everyone on the planets whos right and whos wrong. we want football, not a lockout, not a legal battle. we jsut want football….ya gotta give a little to get a little.
    boneheads on both sides!!!

  6. assnfootball says: Feb 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    It makes sense for each side to try to break the other. It’s called capitalism.

    I love capitalism.

  7. pkrjones says: Feb 26, 2011 5:44 PM

    Good thing they “talked” for the past 7 days… obviously made a LOT of progress.

  8. ingloriousmaster says: Feb 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    any chance a drone can divert and….oh nevermind, this will probably end badly either way.

  9. pwnpatrol says: Feb 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    Translation: You all can look forward to copious amounts of stories that we don’t care about.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Decertify or bust the union – who cares. Every man for himself.

  11. hrmlss says: Feb 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    Bring on the scab players! We just cheer for a uniform anyway, unless your twelve and worship an older person as a hero. If you forty and worship a 23 yr old player you need help. Then each team can use the scab players to staff a minor league team going forward.

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    65/55 split/ 16 week season with 2 bye weeks/one more playoff round/rookie wage scale.

    Done. Let’s play some football.

  13. odessabucs says: Feb 26, 2011 6:02 PM

    We anxiously await comment on decertification from the Oracle of West Virginia.

  14. hobartbaker says: Feb 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    Guerrilla warfare.

  15. justadude71 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:07 PM

    Well, the owners did twist the arms of the networks to get lockout insurance. This was done to be able to “take back” the league, because some run-a-team-into-the-ground-GM-owner ego freak can not handle revenue sharing and will get his somehow. I guess it had to come to this.

    All I can say is that I will be shifting my focus to college ball…

  16. gustwo says: Feb 26, 2011 6:10 PM

    Once again, millionaires and billionaires having a slap fight. Those of us who are figuring out how to keep paying bills on less than a seven figure salary can feel their pain.

  17. chapnastier says: Feb 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    Ecellent news!!! Now the owners can hire the players as non union employees! Problem solved!

  18. mayo63 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:13 PM

    Glad to hear it. Now they have to stay in the current CBA until they reach agreement.

  19. bowlhounds says: Feb 26, 2011 6:17 PM

    Since it’s we the fans that pay the gouged ticket prices that they ALL make their money off, maybe when they are through hammering the hell out of each other deciding how much of OUR money to split, a game or two boycott across the country ( NOT the b^^^&sh&& preseason games either) would send an even stronger message than the rich whining to the richer.

  20. randymossblewit says: Feb 26, 2011 6:17 PM

    I think it would be funny if I went into work on monday and demanded to see the books for my company and then demand a raise. Fired. Fast.

  21. bowlhounds says: Feb 26, 2011 6:18 PM

    The games will STILL be played and one wouldn’t have to worry the traffic from your living room.

  22. scytherius says: Feb 26, 2011 6:21 PM

    Good. Stick the owners at every turn or they will ruin the game like MTV ruined music.

  23. kennadrin says: Feb 26, 2011 6:23 PM

    The league doesn’t have to lock them out moron.. As soon as they de-certify, the league can declare an impasse and make the players play under the best deal on the table… Seeing there is no union, they can’t strike.. Win for the owners.. Fk the Unions

  24. starks3 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Maybe now someone can answer my question. What happens to the Madden rosters??? If they decertify EA has to deal with each individual player and do a seperate deal for all of them to use their likeness right??

  25. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 26, 2011 6:25 PM

    Whose holding whose balls? I can’t see mastercard billionaire Randy Lerner going broke because he has to pay the rent on Cleveland Browns stadium; and people will always be buying bandaids and food. This, if anything, will be a setback, albeit a minor one, for the owners whose bank accounts burgeon every day from all their other investments. And if there is no union, what’s stopping the owners from contracting individually with the present pro football players…no football players union, no such thing as scabs. Each player would be free to write his own ticket without paying $10,000.00 a year in dues. Of course, he will have no recourse to wrongful dismissal, fines, drug suspensions, etc.

  26. philwauke says: Feb 26, 2011 6:26 PM

    This will be the end of the best sport on the planet as we know it. Way to ruin it morons.

  27. goldsteel says: Feb 26, 2011 6:36 PM

    Life goes on.

  28. macgee10 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:37 PM

    Let the d*** measuring begin.

  29. vikefan says: Feb 26, 2011 6:38 PM

    Peronsally I hope they both f___ each other over royally, in this day and age, i dont care bout either one. Yes, i do love football but all of these overpaid millioniares on either side both need a major reality check and to see what it is really like to work for a living!! I personally believe everyone should be paid same base salary all season long, each team has set spending, all extras and bonuses determined by how far you get in playoffs. Everything standardized. Dont like it then dont play. You think a teammate didnt do his job, then go kick is a__. Enuff millionare bs, this work and country have real problems!! just ask state of virginia who is honoring MV as a fricken hero?!?!?!

  30. commandercornpone says: Feb 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    sounds good there dan, but if the union actually decertifies, the owners set the terms for each contract individually, and duh is out of a job as is mawae.

    it may save the season, but it ought to put duh in the soup line.

    if it is a sham, duh ought to be in jail for fraud. i am sure he is judge shopping for an osamabama appointee as we speak. osamabama will even loan him doj lawyers since he isnt having them do their actual jobs anymore.

  31. benh999 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:42 PM

    Don’t worry. At least you’re the spelling expect.

  32. jbaxt says: Feb 26, 2011 6:46 PM

    The players should start their own league if the one they play for is so bad. Just go out, rent stadiums for 2 million dollars a day and play on Sundays. Go out and hire a couple hundred thousand people to work for you on sundays, write some contracts up so the plays will play at your requested pay level, and try to find a network that will put you on TV.

    What? No takers?

    Then shut up and do what your boss tells you. The owners made this league what it is, their brains, their business, and most importantly their money. The same money they pay you millions to play for.

    Let me clarify; you get millions to play a game. A game I wish I was good enough to play for $1,000 a week. You clowns average about $250,000 a game. You get 4 months vacation, all the women you want, ridiculous sports cars, millin dollar homes, free meals, free clothing… Plus you can get a lifetime achievement award if you run an illegal dog fighting show on the side, (but you only get the award if you get caught and go to prison) And “you” want more?

  33. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 26, 2011 6:52 PM

    With each new development, each new grandstanding maneuver, each new pissing contest play, I’m beginning to care less and less.

    Screw them both.

  34. azelli1 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:58 PM

    I really hope the players lose big. They should be grateful there are owners and a league out there to pay for their ridiculous lifestyles. I’ll give up season after season to put these overpaid crybabies in their place. Just another example of unions destroying this country. F ‘em all but especially the NFLPA.

  35. beastofeden says: Feb 26, 2011 7:11 PM

    @Pwnpatrol

    While i like to attack with brash, harsh, rude & crude remarks yours was sensible and exactly on-target

  36. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 26, 2011 7:14 PM

    randymossblewit says:
    Feb 26, 2011 6:17 PM
    “I think it would be funny if I went into work on monday and demanded to see the books for my company and then demand a raise. Fired. Fast.”

    The players aren’t asking for a raise, you know that right? Maybe you just got fired for being an uninformed idiot.

  37. smokehouse56 says: Feb 26, 2011 7:30 PM

    Ain’t unions great?

  38. chuckiesez says: Feb 26, 2011 7:33 PM

    Put Vince McMahon in charge !!!! His workers never stand up to him and still most of them are honored to be there. XFL would have worked with the TV clout of the NFL. Chairshots for all the suits !!!!!

  39. ernieernie says: Feb 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    I want to see the owners come out ahead and understand now is the time to stop these ridicoulous gauranteed contracts. For example and this is just one of many, the Red Skins give Haynesworth 100 million and he decides he doesn’t have to cooperate because its not the defense he likes? SO he skips training camp and fakes injury to become a total pain in the ass and an expensive one at that.

    As a fan and an average working stiff I’m tired of this BS and its beyond time to put the hammer down on this stuff.
    If said player doesn’t own up to their obligations, contract is voided and they don’t get da mooooooney. Nor do they get to play for anyone else for one year.

  40. jc1958cool says: Feb 26, 2011 8:09 PM

    let the fun begin! turd teams like the minnesota mud ducks won’t care! they suck, good teams will miss the season!!!

  41. chocopoppy says: Feb 26, 2011 8:11 PM

    “65/55 split/ 16 week season with 2 bye weeks/one more playoff round/rookie wage scale. ”

    So YOU’RE the guy who figured out how players could give “110% effort”. Mathematical genious!

  42. mrcowpatty says: Feb 26, 2011 8:33 PM

    Lets treat the players like their still in college. Don’t pay them a dime but offer them an education. That way when their out of football they can find a real job. And don’t forget, if they suffered a couple of concussions playing football we won’t dock their pay if their late for work.

  43. football2011 says: Feb 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    This is good news for the fans! It means there will be a 2011 season (i.e the players will keep playing while the lawsuits works their way through the courts).

    Various legal challenges will flow through the courts in the next few years, but there will be football.

    If the players win eventually in court, it will force a CBA similar to the one we have now.

    If the Owners win in court, the union will be broken and there won’t be another strike.

    I don’t see a downside to this.

  44. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 26, 2011 8:49 PM

    I should get credit for all of the mistakes I find, comment about, and see fixed with my comment removed. You’re welcome!

  45. redbeardxxv says: Feb 26, 2011 10:06 PM

    “65/55 split/ 16 week season with 2 bye weeks/one more playoff round/rookie wage scale. ”

    So YOU’RE the guy who figured out how players could give “110% effort”. Mathematical genious!

    to the first guy, math isn’t your strong point… next time proof-read.

    To the guy that tried to make fun of him and failed, let me tell you why:
    a) 65+55=120, not 110 as you suggested
    b) Genius is spelled correctly as I have it- you attempted to make fun of his math, got it wrong, then attempted to insult him, and spelled your insult wrong. Maybe you should have just ignored the over site and not been so quick to attack…

  46. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 26, 2011 11:05 PM

    IF the players are the game, as that jerk “Chef-Terd” at E S P N thinks, they why don’t the players invest and form their own league and keep 100% of the revenue?

    Oh, maybe they realize they have a better deal in the NFL?

  47. joenick18 says: Feb 26, 2011 11:50 PM

    Hey does anyone have Shane Falco’s number?

  48. descendency says: Feb 27, 2011 12:26 AM

    @1972wasalongtimeago

    Great plan… one small problem:

    You managed to create 120% revenue without actually doing it (55+65 = 120).

  49. cappa662 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:57 AM

    Good, at least, there will be football come August.

  50. cecilbower says: Feb 27, 2011 1:57 AM

    redbeardxxv says:
    Feb 26, 2011 10:06 PM
    “65/55 split/ 16 week season with 2 bye weeks/one more playoff round/rookie wage scale. ”

    So YOU’RE the guy who figured out how players could give “110% effort”. Mathematical genious!

    to the first guy, math isn’t your strong point… next time proof-read.

    To the guy that tried to make fun of him and failed, let me tell you why:
    a) 65+55=120, not 110 as you suggested
    b) Genius is spelled correctly as I have it- you attempted to make fun of his math, got it wrong, then attempted to insult him, and spelled your insult wrong. Maybe you should have just ignored the over site and not been so quick to attack…

    I love when “geniuses” make fun of each other. It’s OVERSIGHT bro!

    Regarding the actual issue, this is all legal wrangling and we shouldn’t get too worked up over it just yet. A lot of time between now and September.

  51. lakedog19352 says: Feb 27, 2011 3:53 AM

    Hey redbeardxxv, it’s “oversight”. Proof read yourself.

  52. whatagreatfootballmind says: Feb 28, 2011 12:06 AM

    who effin cares… billionaires fighting with millionaires. just get a damn deal done.

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