Posted Mar 12, 2011 01:32 am CST
In a move intended to transfer a labor dispute between National Football League owners and players from the negotiating table to the courtroom, the Players Association today filed paperwork to decertify their union.
That will potentially put the group in a position to sue the NFL in court if no collective bargaining agreement is reached by a midnight deadline and a lockout ensues, reports SI.com. The likely causes of action would be claimed antitrust violations.
Meanwhile, the decertified players are seeking a court injunction to prevent a lockout, reports the Associated Press.
A previous decertification by the Players Association, in 1989, resulted in antitrust litigation and a 1993 collective bargaining agreement that allowed free agency. The players union then was recreated, the article explains.