MLS players expected to announce strike

Posted on 25 February 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Update: The union made an announcement saying they will continue to work after the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement at midnight.

The Major League Soccer players union is scheduled to make an announcement at 5pm Eastern Time today, Feb. 25 and the news is not likely to be good. The announcement will go one of two ways, according to a individual familiar with talks between the union and owners: “Either the union will announce (again) that they are pushing back the deadline for reaching a new CBA, or they will announce a strike.”

The individual in question, a lawyer who did not want to be named, thinks the union is likely to announce a strike. “Particularly because the conversations I’ve had with players convinced me that the league had not provided enough non-financial concessions…regarding guaranteed contracts and limited free agency and the players felt the league was not close to doing so,” he said.

For this reason, the idea of extending the CBA deadline would, in effect, only provide time for players to negotiate against their own prior positions instead of gaining concessions from the league. “This would not be effective bargaining,” the source said.

“So, my guess is that they announce a strike effective immediately, place all the pressure on the league…into making some real concessions, entertaining meaningful negotiations and coming to an agreement before the first MLS game scheduled.”

8 Comments For This Post

  1. msegroves Says:

    So what do the players do when they find out soccer still isn't popular in the US, the Owners have been providing them employment at either a loss or barely breaking even, and 99% of America (especially those out of work), don't give a damn.?

  2. Lancer Says:

    While I certainly don't want to see a strike, I'm definitely in support of the players on this. I understand the league's position and think they have done a superb job thus far in building the league and maintaining stability. That said, I also think they are selling themselves a bit short and underestimating today's football fans. The league is stronger than they are purporting, is continuing to grow into larger football markets (like Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and is on the cusp of gaining widespread popularity (via all the EPL and La Liga fans in the USA). It's just a matter of taking the next few steps.

    From what I've heard and read the players demands are not outlandish. They're not asking that the cap be raised to 10 million dollars and granted unlimited free agency. Their demands will not threaten the stability of the league nor bring about it's downfall. After all, no league, no job. Free agency will NOT kill the league because there is still a hard salary cap. It's time for the league to loosen the reigns a bit and trust in the fans and their support.

    Opening things up a bit by allowing player movement within the league (allowing players to sign with their preferred team after being waived or when their contract is up) and raising the cap a bit to allow for the signing of better players will only lead to a better product on the field, more fans in the seats, and a growing popularity and respect. It is by maintaining the current policies that the league is threatening to destabilize itself. As it stands the league cannot attract players in their prime from Europe and continue to bleed the best of the talent TO Europe. That is no way to run a business much less a complete league.

    After the success of Seattle and the expected success of Philly, Portland, and Vancouver the time to capitalize is now. Hopefully cooler heads prevail and a little common sense and foresight come to the fore.

  3. Lancer Says:

    One more thing. How is it that coaches can move freely from team to team and at MUCH higher salaries than players and the league does NOT collapse? I would say it even benefits the league and energizes that market when a high profile coach moves to a new team. Just a thought.

  4. not nate baker Says:

    yer a moron

  5. msegroves Says:

    So what do the players do when they find out soccer still isn't popular in the US, the Owners have been providing them employment at either a loss or barely breaking even, and 99% of America (especially those out of work), don't give a damn.?

  6. Lancer Says:

    While I certainly don't want to see a strike, I'm definitely in support of the players on this. I understand the league's position and think they have done a superb job thus far in building the league and maintaining stability. That said, I also think they are selling themselves a bit short and underestimating today's football fans. The league is stronger than they are purporting, is continuing to grow into larger football markets (like Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and is on the cusp of gaining widespread popularity (via all the EPL and La Liga fans in the USA). It's just a matter of taking the next few steps.

    From what I've heard and read the players demands are not outlandish. They're not asking that the cap be raised to 10 million dollars and granted unlimited free agency. Their demands will not threaten the stability of the league nor bring about it's downfall. After all, no league, no job. Free agency will NOT kill the league because there is still a hard salary cap. It's time for the league to loosen the reigns a bit and trust in the fans and their support.

    Opening things up a bit by allowing player movement within the league (allowing players to sign with their preferred team after being waived or when their contract is up) and raising the cap a bit to allow for the signing of better players will only lead to a better product on the field, more fans in the seats, and a growing popularity and respect. It is by maintaining the current policies that the league is threatening to destabilize itself. As it stands the league cannot attract players in their prime from Europe and continue to bleed the best of the talent TO Europe. That is no way to run a business much less a complete league.

    After the success of Seattle and the expected success of Philly, Portland, and Vancouver the time to capitalize is now. Hopefully cooler heads prevail and a little common sense and foresight come to the fore.

  7. Lancer Says:

    One more thing. How is it that coaches can move freely from team to team and at MUCH higher salaries than players and the league does NOT collapse? I would say it even benefits the league and energizes that market when a high profile coach moves to a new team. Just a thought.

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