NFLPA Decertifies

The NFL Players Association received the owners’ final offer Friday and decided to walked away.

Just hours before the collective bargaining agreement was to expire, the union says it faxed paperwork to a Minnesota court so it can dissolve, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.  The move is expected to transfer the labor impasse from the bargaining room to the court room.

The owners made a CBA proposal to the union earlier today, but the union did not accept it, presumably because the owners have refused to turn over financial information the union has requested. The NFLPA said that the NFL owners would have to turn over 10 years of audited team financials by 5 p.m. to avoid decertification….They didn’t.

Now that the union has decertified, the owners will likely look to lock out the players. The union, now operating as a “trade association,” would then file an injunction with U.S. District Court Judge David Doty in Minneapolis to block the lockout.

With the dispute now in court, both sides could end up with a deal they don’t like.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

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