- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 18, 2010
- 2 Comments
- CBA, CBA Discussions, MLS Players Union
I saw this late last night but I was honestly just too tired to comment on it at the time. Steve Goff passed over some fairly positive news regarding the on-going CBA discussions with the league and it’s players.
I’m getting positive vibes about the negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the players’ union. Might we see a tentative agreement before the expiration of the current deal at the end of this month? A work stoppage in preseason, which for many teams is scheduled to begin in two weeks, wouldn’t be catastrophic, but any delay to the start of the league schedule in late March would be a public relations setback for the league and sport in this country.
I’ve been one of those in the corner for the majority of this situation saying something would get done and even on time. Even a tentative agreement is something at this stage in the game. A work stoppage in the preseason like Goff said won’t be terrible and kind of sounds likely to happen here. If one does happen I don’t see it lasting very long though.
Both sides do know what even a slight delay to the regular season means for the league and even the sport here in the US. I really don’t see it coming it that point and I’m not speaking blindly for the love of the game here I truly do believe it won’t come to that point.
It is good to hear at least someone say that there are some positive vibes coming from these discussions. Whether or not how true those vibes really are remains to be seen. For those keeping score at home the CBA is set to expire in less than two weeks.