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The National Football League Players Union (NFLPA) has just announced it has officially applied to decertified which would basically dissolve the union as the bargaining agent of the players and makes a work stoppage an almost certainty.
The NFLPA just released the following statement:
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.
Both players and owners had been in mediation for over 16 days in hopes of a compromise over core issues. With the decertification the players can opt to sue the league and work on their own contractual behalf. A work stoppage is an almost certainty, the first since 1987.