Can you imagine if MLS went on strike? What a disaster it would be for the sport and what a disaster it would be for the league.
More spiteful jokes would hit Saturday night live and the mainstream sports media would have a field day with this so called “foreign” sport.
My hope is that both the players union and MLS will keep to their senses and make sure that lawyers and advisors don’t take over the negotiation concerning the collective bargaining agreement that runs out at the end of January. Sure players want a larger salary cap and of course the main point would like to see MLS conform to FIFA regulations fully when it comes to contracts. I agree.
There should be a move in this direction in my opinion but with MLS losing talented players like Chris Rolfe, Yura Movsisyan, Ricardo Clark and potentially others, how will they be able to keep players in MLS? This is how they see it.
I do think that locking players initially into a four year contract is a bit much but from a league perspective it keeps players like a Geoff Cameron of the Dynamo who blossoms quickly from jumping ship or demanding a higher salary. I would assume the Dynamo and the league have come to Cameron with a pay raise after making the MLS best 11.
The players union also must realized that the league has improved but not arrived. Clubs have not made headway in Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City and other markets.
Yes it was a great year in Toronto, LA and Seattle for sure…….
If there was a work stoppage in MLS think how it would effect any MLS player trying to make the World Cup squad, if you weren’t playing regular football, why would National team manager Bob Bradley think you can play in a World Cup? This is another defining time for MLS and I hope that they take a quick crash course on the NHL and how a work stoppage worked for them……………….By the way, Stuart Holden has been mentioned with Blackburn as his agent is Euro based. Would it be wise for Holden to leave if in fact he believes the players union would strike in February. This is more complicated than maybe we know and MLS Commissioner Don Garber must be feeling the pressure like others……
Here is an excerpt from a blog by Kasey Keller who if you remembered negotiated a long time to come back to MLS. He once told me MLS ‘did not want to pay goalkeepers’.
KELLER: “You will probably start to read more and more about the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that is up at the end of the month. Negotiations have been under way between the players union and MLS for some time now. I wish I could report that we were close to signing an agreement, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. As players we have been told or a probable lockout date of Feb. 1st. What’s most disapointing to me is, this isn’t a negotiation for a bunch of players wanting 8 million a year instead of 7 million a year. The main points revolve around us being given the same rights under FIFA as the rest of the players around the world. As an MLS player you have to sign away your FIFA rights before you are allowed to sign your contract.”