2009 Ending With No CBA Resolution Insight

2009 Ending With No CBA Resolution Insight

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 14, 2009
  • 3 Comments
  • CBA, CBA Discussions, Don Garber, MLS Players Union
Don Garber and the league need to resolve the CBA quickly. (Getty Images)

Don Garber and the league need to resolve the CBA quickly. (Getty Images)

Let’s face it folks, 2009 is just a couple weeks from finishing here. With that means 2010 and all its glory but even more important is the month ahead for MLS fans. Not only is it the SuperDraft month, a transfer window opening up, some international friendlies but the end of the current CBA.

Yes it seems the closer we get to 2010 the more the CBA resolution becomes less clear. It’s almost like the two sides are waiting on 2010 to arrive so the thing will be an actual resolution. The current CBA deal runs until the end of next month, January 31, which means we are headed towards a very interesting month and a half here.

One thing comes to mind that no one wants on either side and that is the dreaded “S” word, strike. Its ugly and something we all don’t want to see.

Now discussions between the two sides have gone on all year long but neither side has really leveled with the other to work anything out here. Both know what they want and as of right now nothing seems clear between the two. We’ve seen FIFAPro step in for the side of the players, only to see FIFA step in and say they aren’t getting involved.

With no clear resolution insight between the two sides one has to wonder what it will take to get the two on the same page here. We know the owners won’t raise the cap enough to make everyone happy though they’d be wise to consider it a little more this time around. The bigger thing is the guaranteed contracts for the players. I believe at the end of the day that’s the one thing the players really want here.

If the owners really do want to grow this league into what it should be they will be a little more reasonable this time around I think. But then again the players do need to be reasonable as well because going down the road of a strike will ultimately kill this league quicker than anything else. TV deals will be out the window, sponsors will be gone too. Oh and that World Cup bid will be gone too.

There’s more at stake than some increased wages and better contracts. Both sides should know that by now.

The league needs to act a little quicker here with this subject too. Instead of brushing it off like it is nothing they need to be more vocal about it. Stating their case may help go a long way in getting people to understand where they are coming from since we all know what the players want here.

I still stand in my belief that both sides will work out a deal before it is too late. It may take some big time efforts from both sides but something will get done.

What do you all think, will the two sides come together and get this done before the deadline? Or are we doomed for a strike here that could ultimately kill this league?

  • ajr

    makes me sick to think about it… I want to wake up to it all being done and over with.

  • Alex

    The league needs to figure out how to adapt its revenue model to reward the strong markets while helping the weaker ones survive, or move if necessary. The rich teams have plenty of money to pay higher minimum salaries, guaranteed contracts, higher per diems, better hotels, etc. I can't imagine the total cost per team of an improved contract is even $1MM/year, but that would break the bank for a lot of clubs.

    For example: a $50k minimum salary would raise SEA's player costs (using last year's roster) by about $200k, plus, say, another $200k for bumping up salaries of guys who were just above $50k. Nicer hotels ($100 extra per night, 15 rooms/road trip, 30 road nights/year) = $45k. Higher per diem ($50 extra/day * 25 players * 30 road nights) = $37.5k. That's not even $500k right there. SEA makes that in one night.

    The league is rapidly stratifying between the wealthy (LA, SEA, HOU, CHI, TOR, and, next year, I'd have to add RBNY if that stadium is half as nice as it looks to be online) and the downright sad/pathetic (KC, SJ, DAL), which a bunch of teams in the middle whose fortunes are up and down. RSL (definitely up), PHL (who knows?), DC (good fan base, but just thinking of another year at RFK is depressing), COL & NE (need shirt sponsors & more fans), CHV & CLB (good enough, though both are underachieving attendance-wise).

  • Alex

    The league needs to figure out how to adapt its revenue model to reward the strong markets while helping the weaker ones survive, or move if necessary. The rich teams have plenty of money to pay higher minimum salaries, guaranteed contracts, higher per diems, better hotels, etc. I can't imagine the total cost per team of an improved contract is even $1MM/year, but that would break the bank for a lot of clubs.

    For example: a $50k minimum salary would raise SEA's player costs (using last year's roster) by about $200k, plus, say, another $200k for bumping up salaries of guys who were just above $50k. Nicer hotels ($100 extra per night, 15 rooms/road trip, 30 road nights/year) = $45k. Higher per diem ($50 extra/day * 25 players * 30 road nights) = $37.5k. That's not even $500k right there. SEA makes that in one night.

    The league is rapidly stratifying between the wealthy (LA, SEA, HOU, CHI, TOR, and, next year, I'd have to add RBNY if that stadium is half as nice as it looks to be online) and the downright sad/pathetic (KC, SJ, DAL), which a bunch of teams in the middle whose fortunes are up and down. RSL (definitely up), PHL (who knows?), DC (good fan base, but just thinking of another year at RFK is depressing), COL & NE (need shirt sponsors & more fans), CHV & CLB (good enough, though both are underachieving attendance-wise).