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Ball in players’ court as deadline looms

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2010 at 8:22 am with 7 Comments »
February 24, 2010 9:20 am

Here’s the latest (bad) news on MLS-union (non) negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The current negotiating deadline – extended twice already – is now scheduled for tomorrow.

What’s new this week – other than a newly nasty tone – is that trigger finger has now shifted over to the players.

When talks began, it seemed the most likely work stoppage would come from the owners locking the players out during training camp. That would have seemed to have hurt the players most by denying them paychecks while not denying the owners any of the income from missed games.

However, the owners’ recent offer to continue on under the existing CBA shifts the nuclear button over to the players’ side. Although I still don’t see any reason why they would push it during training.

But that might – just might – make it more likely that the worst result – the one I didn’t think would happen – might actually happen: missed league games.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. ChrisInTacoma says:

    It will be interesting to see what the players decide to do. It’s quite obvious that the owners are willing to stand pat and do nothing. I wouldn’t blame the players if they did decide to strike, it seems that they have a fair argument and the ownership ground are acting like arses and not willing to make any sort of concessions.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    Players won’t strike now- they can strike at any time, and I’d expect it to be after the summer friendles and as the play-offs loom. Owners haven’t said no lock-out- they’ve said no lock-out at this time. Owners are what Chris said.

    Dump Garber, hire Drew Carey.

  3. EverydayFan says:

    What leverage does waiting to strike get them? Revenue starts spinning at the turnstile. If they have the cahones, do it now, or be quiet and play soccer for a living. All this “Now you see it, now you don’t” will kill their populist support (what exists).

  4. derekyoung says:

    I support the players on this. Opposing free agency under a cap makes no sense. However, I hope the players emotions don’t get the best of them. They’re right, but there is such a thing as a pyhric victory.

    Dump The Don.

  5. RiverCityFS says:

    It’s hard to not look at this situation from a Sounders fan perspective. Obviously we can sell tickets and have shown the current salary cap is easily profitable for our team, but is that the cast for the league in general? I don’t know, maybe someone can provide some insight. It seems if the league isn’t really profitable as a whole yet, the players will have more power when Port-skunk and Vancouver enter the league… assuming they sell a decent amount of tickets. Maybe continuing a little longer under the current CBA wouldn’t be the end of the world.

  6. EverydayFan says:

    DY – I don’t disagree, but at a higher level, I support equillibrium.
    Take you best shot and get on with it.
    “We want free agency and FIFA rights” is so broken.
    How are those things working out for … Manchester United?
    They have $400 million in debt for sale on Wall Street and a British tycoon calling for a boycott and game seats just went from $35 per game to $60.
    EPL? La Liga? Serie A?
    Train wrecks.
    Bundesliga? Making money.
    Do the math or hire someone who can do it for you. I love MLS players As much if not moreso than the next fan, but their position makes no cents.

  7. EverydayFan says:

    …And on a lighter note…. Sounders picked up Montano today!

    Gotta love strikers with blazing speed who can score with either foot (Rooney profile) exactly the sort of thing we need to take pressure off Montero up top … ripping into the box with reckless abandon to finish dimes from Ljungberg ….

    That’s what I’m talkin about

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