Colts Vote to Decertify the NFL Players Union

Four teams have taken it up a notch to fight the National Football League over money. Things could get pretty ugly for NFL fans, as their can actually be a lockout for next year.

According to NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis, he confirmed in an e-mail to the Associated Press that four teams voted unanimously to decertify the players union. He said the union leaders are still collecting the cards from other teams. Currently, the teams that have voted to decertify are the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Here’s a little excerpt I read from the press release:

Decertification would strip the union of its collective bargaining rights on behalf of the players, so the move might seem counter-intuitive. But since antitrust laws exempt NFL owners from being sued by unions that are negotiating CBAs, decertification would in essence eliminate the union and allow players to sue the NFL in the event of a lockout — giving them potential leverage in their dispute with the owners.

Center Jeff Saturday said that all the other 31 teams shouldn’t vote against and vote for it, all unanimously.

“When it’s explained why you’re doing it, I don’t think anyone would vote against it,” he said.

League officials didn’t comment yet on the situation.


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