We had kind of a quiet weekend at The Pewter Plank, which works out because the NFL and NFLPA accomplished next to nothing in that same time. Word came out last night that the NFL had filed a labor practice charge against the player’s union. The NFL claims the players are already planning to decertify so they can launch an anti-trust lawsuit when the lock-out occurs.
The player’s union’s George Atallah claims the suit is meritless, but you can see the posturing on both sides of the fence. The player’s union has planned to decertify for months and went around to each team during the season so they could have player signatures ready in the event it came to that. What’s ironic is an anti-trust lawsuit (or the threat thereof) is the same as threatening a lock-out. It’s the same exact thing. Neither side wants that but the NFL is going to take it to court to try to block the move.
This is absolutely asinine and serves just to distract both sides from the issue at hand. And for the record, the NFL is beginning to look like a group of bullies. They’re trying to strong-arm the players into a weaker position than they had the previous CBA (that the owners agreed on and then reneged on two years early). The players have literally no recourse besides decertifying and now the NFL is trying to sue to take away that right. One thing is for sure, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to like anyone involved in running the NFL. They couldn’t possibly look worse right now.