Brad
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Brad asked in SportsFootball (American) · 9 years ago

If there is an NFL lockout, could the NFLPA decertify and players leave for another league?

The UFL has 5 teams. If the NFLPA decertifies during the NFL lockout, could we see Peyton Manning leading the Omaha Nighthawks against Tom Brady and the Hartford Colonials? What about Joe Flacco and the Virginia Destroyers facing Aaron Rodgers and the Sacramento Mountain Lions? Would NFL players be able to go to Canada and play in the CFL? Would the NFL Network suddenly decide to broadcast every CFL game live?

Is it also possible that NFL players could join the Arena Football League in the spring of 2012? Might Ben Roethlisberger end up as the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power instead of the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Wouldn't it be ironic if the NFL decided to use replacement players and Marcus Vick became the new starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles while Michael Vick was starting for the Hamilton Tiger Cats? Would more people watch Michael Vick's Tiger Cats take on Matt Hasselbeck's BC Lions or Marcus Vick's Eagles take on Tim Hasselbeck's Seahawks if both games were nationally broadcast at the same time?

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  • 9 years ago
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    NFL player contracts are still valid and no legit player - free agent or otherwise - is going back to riding school buses in that semi-pro train wreck that makes the XFL look incredible.

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  • 9 years ago

    The only way players could go play in another league is if the NFLPA *doesnt'* decertify. That would mean that a lockout by the owners puts all player contracts in suspension, freeing them to go sign elsewhere if they wish.

    However, it's not going to happen. NFL stars are not going to risk a career-ending injury playing for lunch money in some minor league. You KNOW there's some linebacker in Omaha who's craving to make a name for himself by being the guy who knocked Tom Brady out of the game. NBA stars might go play in Europe because they can actually make decent money, and the risk of injury is a lot less.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No, lol. The UFL and CFL pays much less than the NFL minimum so the star players would not risk injury for peanuts. Also replacement players typically happen during a strike, not a lockout.

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  • 9 years ago

    Guys like Manning and Rothisberger make more money then entire teams in the UFL,CFL,or Arena League I doubt if any of em are going there anytime soon and jepordizeing their NFL carrers

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No, the players still have contracts with their teams. If the union decertify's then the owners can invoke whatever they want because the union can't use collective bargaining. It can get players to sue since the NFL doesn't have antitrust protection.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Players CAN'T and WON'T leave for another league for any other league for any number of reasons.

    Watching a football game just to watch a bad QB like Michael Vick, LMAO! No one will be watching much of Vick next year because he won't be starting for anyone.

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  • 9 years ago

    No.

    The players are still under contract with their NFL team.

    The purpose of decertification is so that each player can individually sue their team for not upholding their end of the contract. If a player signs with another league, then the player is in violation of the contract as well and it would hurt him in court against his team.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The NFLPA has an agreement in place that they will not de-certify for 6 months after the start of a lockout.

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  • 9 years ago

    Even if they decertify, players that are signed to a contract are not eligible to play anywhere else. If their contracts have expired though then I would think they could play somewhere else. RT

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I'm not sure but I think they could go to the UFL if they wished.

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