By now, everyone should have heard that the NFLPA has dissolved and filed for decertification. Below is a letter that was sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell from DeMaurice Smith informing the commissioner that the NFLPA planned to decertify. One interesting note: the letter says the union filed for decertification at 4:00 pm ET, while the NFLPA claims the move took place at 5:02 pm ET. Regardless, here is a copy of the letter as transcribed by the NFL Network:
This is to advise you that, pursuant to a vote in which a majority of the players indicated that they wished to end the collective bargaining status of the NFLPA, the NFLPA is renouncing its status as the players’ collective bargaining representative and disclaiming interest in continuing as the collective bargaining agent of the players as of 4:00 p.m. eastern time today. It is the players’ intention to instead operate hereafter as a professional association dedicated to improving the business conditions of professional football players in the National Football League, including the enhancement and the protection of the contracting rights of its members. By copy of this letter to each member clubs of the NFL, I am also informing them of this important change in our status.
Sincerely, DeMaurice Smith