The NFL officially announced a lockout of players by team owners following the move by the players’ union to dissolve themselves and pursue action against the league in the courts, the league said in a statement on Saturday.
A lockout effectively closes down the league’s activities and will halt any trade activities and any other dealings between players and clubs.
Friday the union announced they had ‘decertified’ and were no longer taking part in collective bargaining over a new deal between the league and players.
“The union’s abandonment of bargaining has forced the clubs to take action they very much wanted to avoid. At the recommendation of the Management Council Executive Committee under the authority it has been delegated by the clubs, the league has informed the union that it is taking the difficult but necessary step of exercising its right under federal labor law to impose a lockout of the union,” said the statement.
“The clubs are committed to continuing to negotiate until an agreement is reached, and will gladly continue to work with the FMCS (federal mediators).”