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Union set to decertify

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  March 11, 2011 04:57 PM

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WASHINGTON -- After a lengthy day of talks, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith gave league owners an ultimatum for talks to continue with an extension past tonight's deadline for the collective bargaining agreement to expire.

"There are still significant differences still remain given the proposal that they gave us earlier that day," Smith said. "We told them that the players of the National Football League had just voted unanimously over the phone through their representatives that they believe that a 50-50 deal was still good for football, good for our fans and certainly good for the players. We told them if there was going to be an extension request coming from the owners, that request should be accompanied by 10 years of audited financial statements during the time of the extension and finally we told them if there was going to be an extension, we needed to know by 5 p.m. today and we provided them with our contact information and we're waiting."

Was told the union could still decertify after 5 p.m.

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