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NFLPA decertification vote could ensure NFL football in 2011

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"Put simply, if the NFLPA decertifies, the league would then be required to promulgate player acquisition and retention rules on an across-the-board basis. The union then would sue the league, arguing that the imposition of standard rules regarding player acquisition and retention among 32 different businesses constitutes a violation of antitrust laws." In 1987, the NFLPA did this and Reggie White threatened a class action lawsuit against the league. Eventually this led to the previous collective bargaining agreement with free agency and the salary cap.

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