- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 11, 2010
- 4 Comments
- MLS CBA, MLS Players Union, Players Strike
A mediator, a good one at that wasn’t enough this week to get MLS and it’s Players Union on the same page.
Toronto FC’s Nick Garcia told CBC Sports Wednesday evening that players were ready to strike if a new collective bargaining agreement was not finalized before the March 25 opener.
“We’re anticipating not having the season starting [on time],” said Garcia, who is entering his 11th season in MLS. “As of now, for us, we’re very far apart — even with the mediator there in D.C. We’re hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don’t think we’re confident things will.”
If they do strike it won’t hurt the owners in the short term but in the long run they stand to lose more money than the players do. Then again there is no real winner if anyone walks here or if somehow the owners go into lockout mode.
At this point I just wonder which side is more stubborn on the issues at hand here. We haven’t heard anything from the league side of things and these little quotes from one player may not be how the majority feels. I really don’t think the Union has done that great of a job presenting their case to the public this winter anyways. Random tweets and quotes aren’t exactly getting their point across.
No talks have been schedule for the rest of the week so we’ll see how things go.