The NFL filed an unfair labor practice charge against the players' union with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday.
The league’s filing complains the union “consistently has failed to confer in good faith” during negotiations for a new contract and the union’s “conduct amounts to surface bargaining and an anticipatory refusal to bargain.”
Union spokesman George Atallah said the NFL’s “claim has absolutely no merit.”
The current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the day March 3. The union has said it expects the owners to lock out players.
NFL complains to the NLRB that the union wants to “run out the clock” and avoid reaching a new agreement so it can decertify and file an antitrust lawsuit.
Players already have voted to authorize decertifying their union if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by the deadline.
The owners have called for a meeting March 3 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the final day of the current CBA.
HAYNESWORTH SUBJECT OF PROBE
Police in Washington, D.C., are investigating an allegation that Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth sexually assaulted a waitress in a hotel over the weekend, a source in the department told the Washington Post.
Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, confirmed that his client was the subject of the complaint but denied the 29-year-old defensive tackle is guilty of wrongdoing.
According to the police report, a waitress complained that Haynesworth stroked here breast while her hands were full. No charges have been filed.
Baltimore extended the contract of coach John Harbaugh three years through 2014. Atlanta hired Bob Bratkowski to coach its quarterbacks. New England placed the franchise tag on All-Pro offensive lineman Logan Mankins. Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes has joined Cleveland as a defensive assistant. Oakland hired Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson to coach its cornerbacks.