Another Owner Weighs In

Another Owner Weighs In

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 16, 2010
  • 4 Comments
  • Joe Roth, MLS CBA, Players Strike

Earlier it was Tim Leiweke, now it is Seattle Sounders FC owner Joe Roth.

Roth chatted with Seattle Times writer Joshua Myers about the CBA issues. Roth compared it to a recent writers strike in Hollywood. As Roth put it, everyone suffered. I see no difference here if the players do end up striking.

Roth said if the players view the expired CBA as a “1” then they are asking for a “10” and said the players are “way ahead of the reality.”

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” Roth said.

That last quote isn’t too promising but hearing another owner speak his mind about this situation is. The players took their message (both good and bad) to the press and its really done little for them in my eyes. The owners took a while to even do just this today with Roth and Leiweke. They aren’t saying much still but their tone should speak for itself here.

Even with both sides being far apart on the issues I still don’t see the players striking next week. I have plenty of reasons for it but I’ll let both Buzz Carrick and Jason Davis sum them up for me. They both did a heck of a job summing of reasons why the players won’t strike.

  • Don

    Why does a journalist “chat” with an owner and not ask him what his position is on the key issues in dispute? Why do you and other reporters fawn over the remarks of owners, yet, properly, demand answers from the players and their union?

  • caleb
  • Don

    Why does a journalist “chat” with an owner and not ask him what his position is on the key issues in dispute? Why do you and other reporters fawn over the remarks of owners, yet, properly, demand answers from the players and their union?

  • caleb