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NFL, NFLPA Talks Take Combative Turn With Deadline Looming
Published March 11, 2011
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NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith last night was so upset upon hearing comments from NFL Exec VP and General Counsel Jeff Pash suggesting the union was not committed to negotiating, that Smith unannounced went to the NFL Network cameras in front of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building where the two sides have been negotiating and gave an interview in a torrential downpour.
If the union decertifies today, it is expected to file notice in the court room of Federal Judge David Doty and then, as a newly constituted trade association, would likely ask for a temporary injunction to prevent the league from locking out the players. The league, upon expiration of the CBA at day's end, could lock out the players, but not before that expiration.
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