Jacksonville, Fla -- The 8 p.m. deadline set by the players to reach an agreement came and went with no deal.
AFL Players Union Executive Director, Ivan Soto, announced that the players are on strike.
Soto says the power players were fired and placed on recallable assignment.
The players and owners have been negotiating for about year trying to hammer out deal for a new compensation package.
Under the current agreement the players make $400 per week, plus free housing, two meals a day, medical coverage and a $50 win bonus.
The players want at least $700 per game and a look at the owners'books.
During Friday's Orlando - Pittsburgh game some of the players under contract did play.
Sharks owner, Jeff Bouchy, says he thinks his players will not honor the strike.
If they do, Bouchy says the Sharks have been working out a backup team for the last two weeks.