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NFL Team Owners: Players Didn’t Bargain In Good Faith

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WASHINGTON (CBS) – NFL team owners are now arguing that players failed to bargain in good faith during failed negotiations earlier this month, and that the move to decertify the union was simply a negotiating ploy.

The New York Times reports owners have gone before the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players’ union did not bargain in good faith.

But representatives of the now-dissolved NFL Players’ Union now says any case before the board is trumped by the union’s decertification, and the union no longer exists, the New York Times reported.

Sixteen days of federal mediation in Washington that broke off March 11 without a new deal, so the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners expired.

A hearing on the players’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the lockout is scheduled for April 6 in Minneapolis, and there appears to be little chance of a return to bargaining before then.

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