The NFLPA has recertified, according to a report.
If you don’t know what that means, you don’t need to worry about it, assuming you already know that the NFL Lockout is over. Basically, the recertification of the players’ union was a foregone conclusion once players and owners reached an agreement to end the lockout, so the actual voting on recertification is simply a formality. The players’ side in the NFL Lockout negotiations would not have reached an agreement with the owners unless it was fairly certain that the union would recertify. Still, DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA has recently been encouraging players to vote to recertify, just in case.
Because a union now exists (again), players can meet with owners on Saturday to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on their agreement. Without a union, it would not be possible for the players and owners to officially agree upon a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
For more on the end of the NFL Lockout, follow this storystream.