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NFLPA Ready to Recertify

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When NFL players decided to decertify as a union before they were locked out in March, they did so because it was necessary to pursue a class-action antitrust lawsuit that several players, including New England quarterback Tom Brady, filed against NFL owners.

That decision to disband transformed the former players union into a trade association, which allowed NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to continue negotiating with owners.

With agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement between the two sides close, there is the issue of the players reforming as a union. This is almost certain to happen because both parties believe it is beneficial for them.

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