The NFLPA announced just moments ago that they have opted to decertify and take the collective bargaining process into the courts where judge David Doty has a reputation (and precedent) for being a pro-player judge. This is going to turn into an outright mess. The players will likely get a win in litigation when Doty first rules for the players, then the owners will appeal and a whole slew of other craziness is about to happen.
Already the players have discussed a class action lawsuit naming three of the league’s most popular quarterbacks as the plaintiffs. There could be other suits from other players as well. But as of now, there is no longer a players union. It ceases to exist. And things will now go to the courts.
The next move will be to lock out the players, on the part of the owners. The owners could do that as soon as this evening or may wait the weekend. Either way, football as we know it is now in serious jeopardy. Any number of things could happen from this point, but the time for talking and negotiating peacefully seems to have passed. We’ll be back with more later tonight, including more analysis of what happened today, summaries of news conferences and predictions from experts. Stay tuned in.