NFL Players Invoke Nuclear Option
No matter how the owners and players resolve their squabble, the fans are likely to get screwed.
The NFLPA decertifies:
After two weeks of mediation with the league, the NFL Players Assn. resorted to its most extreme measure Friday, decertifying as a union and becoming a trade association….
Owners are still expected to attempt to lock out players, and last month they filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming that the anticipated decertification was a sham.
This Golden Goose has generated rivers of cash. The owners and the players alike have become so fixated on the green flowing by, they’ve forgotten (again) where it comes from: Fans. I don’t doubt there will still be an NFL season next year–I don’t think either side is that stupid–but the quality of the product will be lessened if there are no offseason program and/or training camp is foreshortened. So no matter how they resolve their squabble, the fans are likely to get screwed.