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Decertification likely coming Thursday

Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:18 am
 
Barring some sort of last-second miracle the NFL union will likely decertify sometime Thursday, according to a source familiar with the union's thinking.

Again, things could change but this news is the most concrete example of how fruitless the mediation talks have become. It's possible even if there is some sort of temporary extension of mediation the union will still likely decertify on Thursday.

So the lockout is coming. Decertification is coming. Unless the Easter Bunny works some magic with his chocolate candies and help from his unicorns and elves homies.

Decertification has certain risks but overall is a smart strategy for the union. It blocks owners from locking out players and moves the dispute from the realm of negotiations to the court system where players have had success. Owners could face lawsuits and treble damages if players are subsequently successful in court.

So that's where we are. For now. Hopefully things will change but this legal fight is just beginning.


Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

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Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

Yes we go to the games or watch the games on Sunday for the players, but if it wasn't for the owner's there would be no NFL for the players to play for. The owner's bankroll the operation with hundreds of millions in contracts per team per year, so the rest of the profits should go to the Owner's because again if it wasn't for them funding these teams there would be no teams for these over priced cry babies to play for!!! On another note some of those profits should also go to providing excellent health care for retired players and disabled players.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:36 am
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

Owners not players drive up salaries, I've said this many times, no player can pay himself, no player can trade and no player can draft himself.

Hey Clown.  Learn something before you say crap like that.  If the owners stop paying the players the crazy money they've been getting and EVERYBODY is on the same page, the union will sue them for COLLUSION.... and they'll win in court just as MLB did years ago.    The owners could be on the hood for up to 3 times what a player is worth in a case like that..
The only place owners can get together and reduce expenses legally is at the bargaining table... collusion is ok there... it's not against the law, it's a different story.
So the day you learn anything at all, come back and see me.  
It was fun making you look stupid though. 



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

Canadian Football does NOT blow!
It does compare to the calibre of play and athleticism as the NFL, but, the CFL does not blow. That's a criticism made by the kind of person who doesn't actually know what he (or she) is talking about. The CFL provides an entertaining and exciting brand of football with different challenges and perspectives due to a wider field, 12 men instead of 11 and 3 down football.

You can say that it might not be as exciting to you, or you don't like it, or that it is not as strong as the NFL, but don't say it blows!

I'm a Canadian and NFL football is my favorite sport to watch, but the CFL is great in its own right!

Cheers!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

I am right ther with you.  I have already become sick of the NFL's garbage and have moved to other sports.   



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

I left MLB as well. And as I suggested in an earlier post, bring on college fantasy football and virtual NFL fantasy football(new idea). And anything else but these two groups of greedy prima donas.



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

If you really understood the facts, no one would side with either side. This is greed and ignorance of the fans at it's worst! The main point of all this mess is that both sides have been and will continue to make millions for the forseeable future. There is no good reason to hold the fan, your employers, hostage so that you owners and players can decide who makes more millions. Be happy with the incredibly wounderful situation your in and get your butts back to work! Don't overestimate how much we love the NFL game. It WILL cost you more than you think you make in these negotiations. The fans will sink themselves deeper into college football and other activities. It has even occured to me that virtual fantasy football on Sundays is an option. Shoot, playing real NFL games using computerized projections will suit me just fine till the men in the blue suits and the men of fall come to their senses.



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

I'm so tired of people siding with the owners! Citing, "they own the business, they take all the risk, they need to make a profit". Where is it guaranteed that any business you own has to make a profit. They (the owners) chose to become owners of a franchise and the business of the NFL is more profitable than it's ever been.  Not all teams are losing money. It's only the poorly managed ones that are.  Owners not players drive up salaries, I've said this many times, no player can pay himself, no player can trade and no player can draft himself.  Look at teams like the New England Patriots, how many bad contracts have they written in the last 10 years. How many players are left from their last Super Bowl winning team? The Green Bay Packers are not only the winningest team in Pro Football history they are also the most profitable team in NFL history and they don't even have an owner. They actually even contribute money to better the city of Green Bay. Is it just pure coincidence that they don't have an individual or group of egomaniacal owners who are constantly trying to out do each other with one bad contract after another. If some rich idiot can't control himself and offers you 300 million dollars over 10 years to take out the garbage would you not take it? This has nothing to with the players and has everything to do with poor management. No one is holding a gun to their heads saying you must pay or die. How many times has New England traded out of the first round because they refuse to pay some untested rookie a ridiculous salary and how many times has Al Davis swooped in and thrown a boat load of money at some trash that New England didn't want.  Players aren't the problem the owners are!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

The players are the reason we come to the games, not the owners.  With all of the health problems players are having after they retire I feel they deserved more benefits not less.

Sure. But you fail to realize one very important thing.  Without the owners, there is no NFL.  The owners made most of their money and for some all of their money in other business ventures, thus could afford to finance a huge purchase like this and take the risk involved.   The players, and I mean NONE could afford to purchase an NFL team...... let alone the 30 plus it would take to get it done. 
These players could disappear and you would still eventually have football.  The quality wouldn't be the same right away, but it would get there soon enough.   There are thousands of gifted athletes that never make the NFL... there are only so many jobs out there.   There are a ton of collegs producing what could be NFL talent every single day of the year.
The health problems are bad, but at their risk.  Plenty of people in our society work lousy and unhealthy jobs yet don't get a lifetime of medical coverage.... and the average person can't come close to affording his own medical costs after they retire where most of these players can.. they just choose not to;.



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Decertification likely coming Thursday

I love all the comments about looking forward to college football.  The BCS is an even biger fiasco than all the labor negotiations.  Talk about unfair practices amongst the BCS conferences.


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