(WASHINGTON) -- Federal courts will have to decide what happens next in the labor impasse situation involving the NFL and its players. On Friday evening, the NFL Players Association opted not to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement, choosing instead to go the decertification route.
Decertification means the Players Association has dissolved itself as a union, making it possible for 10 players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The lawsuit by the players claims the league is denying them the ability to market their services. The NFL has responded by declaring a lockout.
Friday’s actions came following 17 days of negotiations between the two sides to try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, as football fans wait to see if football will be played next season. Following the decertifying action, both sides continue to point fingers, blaming each other for why a deal hasn’t been reached. The main issue splitting the two sides deals with revenue and how it is to be divided.
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