Players Decertify, File Suit


In a move that seemed to be inevitable for the last couple of weeks, the NFLPA finally went through with their decertification on Friday, opening the door for the players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. This means that, because the two sides couldn’t figure out how to divide up $9 billion, negotiations have currently broken off. Apparently, the two sides did get closer to a deal in the last few days, but not nearly close enough, as the two sides are still $185 million a year apart compared to $1 billion a year a week ago. The players, led by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning on the paperwork filed, have gone to the courts to sue the NFL owners.

Obviously, this newest development isn’t good news, but I still believe we will have football in the coming season. I can’t believe that the two sides would let a lockout continue into the season and let all of that money go, but I guess you just never know. I don’t want to tell anyone else how to react to all of this news, but as for me, I will continue to look forward to the upcoming draft and just hope that the two sides make something happen before this thing gets out of hand. At this point, I don’t even want to consider what life would be like without the NFL.

Tags: $9 Billion 2011 NFL Draft Antitrust CBA Decertification Labor Issue Lawsuit Lockout Negotiations NFL NFLPA St. Louis Rams

  • rex

    The players have gone crazy. Should the inmates run the prison? I imagine every football player has saved and sacrificed 15 hour days for years on end so that you are successful enough to buy a football Business-team. No the people that play a game want more than the people that provide the opportunity. Poor guys making 500,000 minimum a year playing games. But thats not enough , you want more then more then more. Somehow the men that gave you the opportunity dont have rights and shouldnt make money. Why should the employees ever determine how the pay is for the owner. I am sure that would work quite well at your job. If 3 unknown players had filed lawsuit maybe that would be ok, but Brady , Manning and Brees – OH MY. These 3 will never have to work again if they choose and are loved by their communities because of the game that is soooo unfair to them. I watch and love this game but will stop watching if the greed of the players and their unions ruin this great game. In my opinion, bring back the scabs.