Multiple news outlets are reporting that the NFLPA has filed decertification papers in the courts, considered a precursor to allow individual players to file antitrust lawsuits and keep the league from moving to lockout players.
It’s been widely reported that Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning take the lead as players who would participate in such a filing.
This occurred about 15 minutes after NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith issued a short, prepared statement to reporters stating the following:
“How are you? We met with the owners until about 4 o’clock today. We discussed a proposal that they had presented. At this time, significant differences continue to remain.
“We informed the owners that significant difference remained, that if there was going to be a request for an extension, that was asked for 10 years of audited financial records to accompany any extension. We told them to please let us know by 5pm (ET) today. We’re going to head back to the office, and I’m sure we’ll have a further comment later on.”
And here’s an announcement from the NFPLA:
“The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.
The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.”
So here we go. It appears this battle between the two groups over how to divide around $9 billion in revenue will now move onto the courts.