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Sources: NFLPA to decertify by March 3

Updated: February 28, 2011, 9:49 AM ET
By Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter | ESPN

Absent a last-minute agreement that no one around football expects, the NFL Players Association plans to decertify by Thursday in an effort to pre-empt an owners-generated lockout, according to multiple league and union sources.

The collective bargaining agreement says the NFLPA in effect must wait six months to decertify if it does it after the collective bargaining agreement expires. It expires at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

If the union decertifies, it is no longer a ...

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