It's happened, folks. We're now in a lockout. From the NFLPA:
"The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.
The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players."
An Antitrust lawsuit in Minnesota is the next thing to follow, and that lawsuit will have Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's name on it.
Last week, when the reality of a lockout was growing more and more likely, multiple reports stated that players Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning would be the union's lead plaintiffs in any kind of antitrust suit. Manning and Brees have been very involved in the negotiations between the owners and players in recent weeks, including the now infamous meeting when Carlina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson insulted both quarterbacks.
The Anittrust lawsuit will be filed in the same court as Judge Doty, the man who sided with the players in the 'lockout insurance' case, preventing the owners from collecting $4 billion in TV revenue in the event of a lockout.