Back in September, the National Football League Players Union discussed decertification as its last hope to avoid a player lockout by NFL owners. According to reports, the NFLPA is expected to decertify, since an agreement is not likely to be made by the March 3 midnight deadline.
If the players break away from the union they can sue the NFL, but according to the SportsBusiness Journal, owners will still attempt to lock out players even if they do decertify. If the players union follows through with decertification, as expected, and the owners lock out the players as well, the thinking is that the NFL would be violating anti-trust laws by shutting down a non-union work force.
The NFL has already filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the players union is not negotiating in good faith with their intent to decertify. That would seem to be the easier route than trying to go through the process that is ahead if players go ahead and decertify.