Ball Goes Back In The League’s Court

Ball Goes Back In The League’s Court

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 22, 2010
  • 2 Comments
  • Bob Foose, CBA Discussions, Mark Abbott, Players Union

Since Friday the ball has been going back and forth between the players and the league. I talked yesterday about how the weekend went between what the players said on Friday and how the owners responded on Saturday. Well there was even more that went on yesterday as the owners went out and admitted they’d still play under the old CBA (duh, of course they would), and the players hit back hard late Sunday.

See on Sunday MLS president Mark Abbott claim that management offered $60 million in new money, but as we’ve seen lately it isn’t all about the money for the players – something the league hasn’t quite figured out yet.

“It is unfortunate that MLS doesn’t see the modest changes we have proposed as being good for the league, especially since until these changes are made, more and more quality players who should be playing in MLS will not be doing so,” MLS Players Union executive director Bob Foose said Sunday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “It will also be a shame if the league’s refusal to improve its system results in a work stoppage.”

“This negotiation is not about huge raises for players, or massive new expenditures for owners,” Foose said. “It is also not about unrestricted free agency. Rather it is about basic fairness for our members, and their ability to make improvements to a player system that is one-sided and unfair.”

“It is unfortunate that MLS doesn’t see the modest changes we have proposed as being good for the league, especially since until these changes are made, more and more quality players who should be playing in MLS, will not be doing so. It will also be a shame if the league’s refusal to improve its system results in a work stoppage.”

Its coming down to player rights more than economics. Now that $60 million Abbott is talking about is spread across all the clubs over the next five years does include expansion teams next year and likely ones following that. That solid number sounds good but the league needs to come back quickly and elaborate on it some more.

Talks are expected to continue today in Washington. This week will be bumpy folks so stay tuned.

Don Garber it’s your turn to step up and talk.

  • tstaub

    With three days to go its like watching two boxers who had been jabbing at each other, trying to get a read, go into all out haymakers. While the quality is poor, the entertainment value is awesome.

  • With three days to go its like watching two boxers who had been jabbing at each other, trying to get a read, go into all out haymakers. While the quality is poor, the entertainment value is awesome.