Niners added to list of teams open to decertification

The San Francisco 49ers voted on Thursday to give the NFL Players Association the option of decertifying if there is a lockout next year.

The Niners joined more than half of the league in voting to decertify if a lockout takes place once the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2010 season.

Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired.

The Seattle Seahawks also voted to decertify on Thursday.

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