Packers - latest team to approve decertification
So that's 8 teams which have now voted to approve decertification. As noted, this is a smart measure on behalf of the players and should put pressure on the owners to take the next step in the negotiations.
Packers become latest team to approve decertification vote
Posted: Monday October 4, 2010 9:18PM ; Updated: Monday October 4, 2010 10:02PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers players have become the latest team to give the NFL Players Association approval to decertify in the event of a lockout next year.
George Atallah, the NFL Players Association's assistant executive director of external affairs, told The Associated Press players voted to decertify in a meeting Monday afternoon.
"It's another way for the players to ensure that there isn't a protracted lockout," Atallah said.
Decertification would give players the right to sue the NFL under antitrust laws if there is a lockout, a threat that could strengthen the players' position in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Each team's players must approve the measure, but the votes are considered largely procedural.