- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 28, 2010
- 2 Comments
- CBA, CBA Discussions
The title really says it all. The league and players announced just about a hour ago that they have reached an agreement for an extension on the CBA negotiations. This extension was something a lot of us expected to come down.
The new deadline is now set at February 12.
What should be made of the extension? Honestly not much at all. The players never intended strike while MLS wasn’t ready to actually do a lockout when it could simply extend the negotiations. As I’ve mentioned before, they’ll get it done in time for the new season.
Below is the release from the league.
NEW YORK (Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (Players Union) today announced that the two organizations have agreed to continue to negotiate through February 12, as they work towards reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
“While we still have areas of disagreement, the talks have been constructive and both parties believe it makes sense to continue to work hard to reach agreement,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “This extension provides both MLS and the players the opportunity to continue our discussions while clubs are in training camps preparing for the 2010 MLS season.”
“Both the Players Union and MLS have concluded that a new agreement will not be reached by February 1, but we have agreed to continue to talk and we will be meeting over the next two weeks to determine if a new agreement can be reached,” said Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose. “In the meantime, MLS Players are reporting to training camp, and preparations for the 2010 season will continue.”
The current CBA, the first in MLS history, is a five-year agreement that had been scheduled to expire on Jan. 31, 2010.