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.