NFLPA Warns Daley, Quinn On Economic Impact Of Lockout On Chicago

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NFL Lockout Could Cost Illinois And Chicago Up To $160 Million, Says NFLPA

The NFL Players association and its president, Kevin Mawae, wrote to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley today, according to Chicago Breaking Sports, and warned of possible major financial losses to Chicago and Illinois if the NFL doesn’t play in 2011.

Mawae wrote that the players want to play next year and claimed they want to continue to bargain in a good faith labor negotiation, but they fear the league would go ahead with a lockout because they have guaranteed money from television contracts.

Mawae and the NFLPA claim that the economic impact on an NFL lockout on the city of Chicago and state of Illinois could be up to $160 million in lost revenue and lost jobs. The purpose of the letter was, reportedly, to ask the political leaders to tell the NFL to continue that good faith negotiation.

Obviously, this effort from union leaders is to try to get the government officials to see their side in tough economic conditions. No response yet from Quinn, Daley or the NFL.

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Bears Vote Unanimously To Decertify Union

As expected, the Bears have voted to allow the NFL Players Association to decertify in the event of a lockout in 2011. A union spokesman said the vote was unanimous.

The Bears join several teams, who have all already voted for decertification. All 32 teams will vote on the procedural issue.

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Bears Players Expected To Vote To Decertify Union Today

The Chicago Bears players are expected to hold a  vote today, to decertify the players union. With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Chicago today for the final owners meeting before the current collective bargaing agreement runs out, the move is being viewed by some, as a 'message' to the league

With anticapation of a lockout beginning at the end of the current agreement, in March, several  teams have already voted to decertify the union. Theoretically, this would prevent the owners from negotiating salary caps and benefits, among other issues. It's a move designed to allow players to litigate under antitrust laws rather than labor laws, in the event of a lockout.

While nothing is certain, both sides appear to be positioning themselves for the eventuality of a long, protracted legal battle.

There's more information on this at Chicago Breaking Sports.
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