Friday, November 12, 2010

Dolphins' players vote unanimously to de-certify from union

The players of the Miami Dolphins voted unanimously to de-certify from the NFLPA if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the union and the league is not reached by the March 3 deadline.

Explaining the situation can get a bit technical and lawyer-y, so I'll direct you to a blog entry by Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, which does a good job of breaking the situation down.

Running back Ricky Williams was also re-elected as the team's union rep, with quarterback Chad Pennington, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and long snapper John Denney being named alternates. Williams initially took over the role in August after the team traded wide receiver Greg Camarillo to the Minnesota Vikings.

The entire situation is certainly worth following, as negotiations between the league and the players could have a major impact on the way the game will be played in future seasons, and in a worst-case scenario, could also result in the players being locked out by the owners, putting the 2011 season and beyond in jeopardy.

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