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Reports: Players voting on union decertification

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By PFW staff

NFL fans have been told to appreciate the 2010 season, because a lockout is looming. In an attempt to block a lockout from the owners, the NFLPA has reportedly handed out voting cards to players that could lead to decertification of the union.

Decertification could prevent the owners from locking out all the players when the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires in March. A decertified union could sue the league under antitrust laws if the players are locked out. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has said he expects the owners to lock out the players.

If the union does not decertify before March when the CBA expires, it cannot sue the league for six months. The Sports Business Journal and the Associated Press were the first to report on the story.

The way we see it

Any action taken to avoid a lockout will be seen as a move in the right direction by the union or the owners. DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA seem to be well prepared for a lockout but are systematic in their actions to prevent one. After record TV ratings in Thursday night's season opener, everyone was reminded of the importance of football in America, and fans do not want a lockout.


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