NFL: With NFLPA's Decertification, Will There Be NFL Football Next Season?

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMarch 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11:  NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (C) speaks as he and a group of player representatives arrive for labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute as a deadline looms at the end of a seven day extension of talks.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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Unfortunate news hit the wire in the past hour regarding the NFL and NFLPA's labor negotiations. 

The NFLPA has decided to decertify from the union, theoretically making the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 imminent.

Despite the two sides' inability to put pen to paper on a new collective bargaining agreement, there will be an NFL Draft as well as a Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement, but the ultimate question is: Will there be a full 2011 season? 

The NFLPA are at a standstill on a plethora of issues including an 18-game regular season, how to divide nine billion dollars in revenue, and benefits for retired players, just to name a few. 

With the decertification, NFL players can individually sue the league and hopefully there will be NFL football next season.

Judging from all indications, however, the hope of having a full NFL football season this fall is now seemingly gone with this new development.

Note: I will provide an update on this article if more information becomes available.