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The NFLPA officially loses its asterisk

NFLPA Executive Committee Meet In Washington DC To Vote On New Labor Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: DeMaurice Smith (L) executive director of the National Football League Players’ Association and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (R) address the the media on July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL players and owners announced they have reached agreement and ended the lockout. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The moment the new CBA was agreed to, we stopped calling the NFLPA the NFLPA* even though NFL players technically had not yet agreed to reconstitute as a union.

On Saturday afternoon, we can pass along word the NFLPA is officially back.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports the union officially recertified. This was done in advance of Saturday’s labor negotiations with the NFL.

The players needed a majority vote to recertify. They collected union cards all week and had enough by Saturday to finish the procedure.

Now all they have to do is settle the remaining issues on the table. Hopefully the two sides finish off a win-win agreement so we don’t have to use that asterisk ever again.