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NFL Lockout: Players Union Decertifies, Antitrust Lawsuit Likely Will Follow

The one thing every football fan was hoping for is that the NFL owners and players would settle their differences before it came an NFL lockout, but it seems that Friday’s events pushed us even closer to no football for the foreseeable future.

The NFL Players Association released the following statement around 5 p.m. on Friday evening after earlier in the day issuing an ultimatum that asked for 10 years worth of audited financial statements from the owners.

The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.

What this means — as far as anyone can tell — is that instead of negotiating, these issues will now be settled in court.