Football Players’ Union Files For Decertification; Lockout Underway

CHICAGO (CBS) — The NFLPA has announced that it informed the NFL, and the teams, that it’s renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The move makes the league’s first work stoppage since 1987 a near-certainty.

The decertification allows for individual players to sue the NFL for violation of anti-trust laws. Instead of the new collective bargaining agreement being worked out at a negotiating table, the two sides could now take to a court room.

The players’ union and the NFL have been working for over two weeks in federally mediated negotiations sessions, and twice extended the deadline of the current CBA, in hopes that they could reach a compromise. The major sticking point in the negotiations is believed to be the split of the estimated $9 billion in revenue. Currently the players receive 60 percent, but the owners are pushing for closer to a 50-50 split.

The players union has said that they are open to a more equal split in revenue, but want to see team financial records  before that happens. The owners have resisted opening up their books, but have offered to bring in an independent auditor.

“They’re saying they’re losing money and not making money,” Bears kicker Robbie Gould said. “But I tell you what, I’ll take ownership of the Bears tomorrow if they’re losing money. Because quite honestly, I think every team is making money. As players we want to play.”

Chicago sports business manager Marc Ganis was watching the developments Friday and thought both sides misstepped.

“These are two parties that, whether they like it or not, are locked arm in arm. They either walk to the bank together or they walk over the cliff together,” Ganis told CBS 2’s Pamela Jones. “Today, for whatever reason, was to walk over the cliff.”

Information from the Associated Press has contributed to this report.

  • Mike

    Absolute BS!
    I sit at home with no job and these millionaires decide to decertify? PUKE!

  • Dan Rakow

    I’ll be watching College Football this Fall.

    • Roberta Waker

      What a great idea!!! Can you imagine how wonderful it would be NOT to spend time watching these prima donnas play this year? We can spend some quality time with our families, go on vacation, or just do nothing. Not only will the players suffer, the greedy owners will lose and so will the people that sponsor them and WE might discover a whole new way to spend Sunday afternoons and Monday nights.

  • Michael Che

    I will wait for replacement games. As a fan, I can survive without Brady and Brees, easily. Even without Gould, however sad it may sound.

  • rick


  • JIM

    its replacement players, not games. NO SCABS!

  • mike

    OH you poor overpaid rich spoiled brats! Isn’t your already overly inflated saleries enough for you? People are losing their homes,their pensions,THEIR FUTURES and YOU’RE WORRIED THE MILLIONS YOU MAKE ISN’T ENOUGH!!! The pathetic scope of Human greed never ceases to amaze me. PATHETIC!!! YOU MAKE MORE IN ONE GAME THAN MOST PEOPLE MAKE IN A YEAR AND YOU’RE STILL NOT SATISFIED?????

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