WASHINGTON - MARCH 10: Jerry Richardson arrives at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC to negotiate the ongoing labor dispute during a 7 day extension of talks. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
According to numerous sources, the NFLPA has filed paperwork in Minnesota to decertify the players' union after the NFL was unable to meet their request for more in-depth financial information during CBA negotiations. According to union chief DeMaurice Smith, "significant differences continue to remain", leading to the decertification filing.
This isn't much of a shocker, but there was some hope that a deal would have been completed before the 5 PM deadline for the NFLPA to file decertification paperwork. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and now both sides will most likely have to settle their disputes in the courtroom, as it is highly probable that the owners will lock out the players as soon as the current CBA expires.
Get ready football fans, because this just turned into an all-out war, and it's not going to be pretty. The NFL cannot lockout the players until after the 11:59 PM deadline for the current CBA has passed, but stay tuned for any breaking news here on CSR.
Update: As expected, the owners have locked out the players. Let the battle begin!
So how do you feel about the pending court battle between the NFL Owners and NFL players?
Anywhere between miffed to raging mad at the owners (35 votes)
Disgusted with the players (140 votes)
Disgusted in general (196 votes)
Raging mad in general (53 votes)
meh...not worried about it; a deal will get done eventually (70 votes)
494 total votes