NFL Players’ Union Decertifies

WASHINGTON (KDKA) — Talks have broken down between the NFL and the union representing players.

The NFL Players Association decertified just before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.

At 5 p.m., the union voted to decertify. That means, this issue will now be decided in court. Players didn’t waste any time, filing anti-trust lawsuit papers against the owners Friday.

“We met with the owners until about four o’clock today,” DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director, said. “We discussed a proposal that they had presented. At this time, significant differences continue to remain.”

“We informed the owners that significant differences remained, that if there was going to be a request for an extension that we asked for 10 years of audited financial records to accompany any extension,” he added.

Meantime, the NFL says the players’ union walked away from a “very good” deal, which included keeping the current 16 regular season game schedule for the next two years.

“We offered today to split the difference and meet the union in the midpoint with a player compensation number that would have been equivalent to player compensation in 2009 and above player compensation in 2010,” Jeff Pash, NFL lead negotiator, said.

“And we offered to grow it from there over four years by $20 million a club to the point where in 2014, the player compensation number was the union’s number – it was the number the union proposed to us and we accepted it. That wasn’t good enough,” Pash said.

He went on to say the NFL is discouraged, but not giving up, adding they are willing to go back to the bargaining table.

The NFL says it has not made a decision yet on whether they will lock out the players.

Read the full NFL statement at


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  • Eric

    Its not a sport, its a business. These players/coaches make more in a year than an average man in a lifetime. No pity here. Lock them out and have them look for a job in the REAL WORLD!!!

    • Ryan S.

      Couldn’t agree more, millionaires fighting over how to divvy up 9 billion? It’s a travesty.

    • Dan

      PLAYERS NEED TO BE CAPPED OUT AT 500K, Nobody deserves more than that a yr to play a game.

      • NFL FAN

        DAn thats pretty hight for a bunch of felons who can hardly speak english and probably couldnt get and keep a minimum wage job!

    • Chris

      Disapointed NFL FAN!!!!!

      I can not understand on how GREEDY the owners & players are being!!! Lets face
      it if it wasn’t for us Fans you PLAYERS & OWENERS WOULD BE OUT OF A JOB!!!!!
      Why not ALL YOU PLAYERS & OWENERS THINK OF HOW THIS WILL EFFECT US FANS. STOP BEING BABIES ..AND START Thanking God for Blessing you Players with the Talt that he gave you..And owners & players APPRICATE THE MONEY THAT YOU HAVE!!!!

  • Matt

    Absolutely pathetic! All of them.

  • Connie

    Regardless of the amount of money these people make, there is a principal involved here. It is known as a union and collective bargaining. A lock out is just what the name implies, an action that fails to respect the rights of the players and their union that represents them. It seems to be the trend in this country of late. The only reason Wisconsin and other states are stripping these people of their union rights is to avoid having to honor their pension plans, which they have already spent. The true criminals here are the politicians and owners of business who have a blatant disregard for the law regarding their employee’s pensions. They should all be in jail for robbery and fraud. They steal big and no one sends them to jail.

    • Dave

      _employees_ have NO RIGHT to ‘demand’ financial papers of an owner’s private company! You call the owners criminals? What delusional world do you live in. These owners are employing people. If the employee thinks they are worth more elsewhere, then hit the door. If it wasn’t for these owners, most of these players would be flipping burgers. Yes, I do realize that in turn the owners make money because of the employees, but that’s business. And these owners were rich/successful business people before they ever owned the team.

      Congrats to the owners for not being forced to give away more of their profits. I still can’t get over your use of _ciriminal_. So fitting, but moreso for the thug players.

  • Matt M

    So now the union just decertified….allowing individuals to make their own claim against the league. So much for wanting a collective voice. Funny how the union can just form and decertify to serve their interest. It’s “let’s band together to strongarm the NFL for more money!” Oh that didn’t work??? Let’s allow each player to now file anti-trust lawsuits.

  • Scott


  • lou

    Lets go power

  • Bea

    $0.00..the amount of money the NFL is worth without the fans watching the games on TV, going to the stadiums, buying the endorsed products protected by copyrights, What suckers we are, giving them all those billions just so they can fight over them.

  • DUH

    I hear IKE TAYLOR is working at the McDonalds in EAST LIBERTY…He has to flip burgers because he cant speak english or add.

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