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.
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.