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    [thread started by Arrows SC on Tue 2/24 8:07 ET]
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from Arrows SC
on Tue 2/24 8:07 ET
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No one seems to be paying much attention to the looming strike. Every article I read about it says the odds are better than 50-50 that the season will not start on time.

I was concerned the first time this happened, when the NFLPA funded the players' suit against the league in the 1990's. Lucky for us the courts upheld the single entity system, or else there would be no MLS today. Since then, each time the CBA ran out, the players and owners always seemed to be cognizant of the fact that the League's standing is fragile and rocking the boat would likely lead to its demise. That doesn't appear to be true anymore. There are lots of teams, owners with deep pockets, and a few players who are making some decent coin. I get the sense that both sides feel that the League could take a punch and get up, giving each side more confidence to dig in their heals a bit deeper.

The real problem I see is the huge TV deal that the EPL now has in the US. If the MLS season doesn't start, there are plenty of other soccer viewing options for the US soccer fan. That's not the case with the other major, team sports. Shut down baseball and there's no baseball. Hockey, football, basketball, and TV goes dark. Shut down MLS? No problem; there's Man U against Liverpool.

I can't see how to make free agency work in this system. Implementing it would be the first step to dismantling the single-entity system. I think it's inevitable, but probably too soon. These owners were lured into MLS on the premise of economic stability and parity. They based their investment on single-entity. I don't think it's something that they want dismissed.

I have a bad feeling about this.
from Shaolin Mystigods
on Tue 2/24 13:00 ET
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I hope the union is bluffing, but I hope the players
at least get an increase in the league minimum of
$36K out of this.

https://sports.vice.com/article/will-mls-players-
really-go-on-strike
from Stormin Union
on Tue 2/24 13:11 ET
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I agree and 36k minimum definitely needs to be increased.
from Hounds FC
on Thu 2/26 10:06 ET
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Another article on the potential strike from the New York Post. Interesting read with some quotes from Twellman.

http://nypost.com/2015/02/25/stoppage-time-an-mls-strike-over-free-agency-a-possibility/
from Hounds FC
on Thu 2/26 10:13 ET
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And another one from the Nation.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/199105/can-major-league-soccer-survive-players-strike#
from Hounds FC
on Thu 2/26 10:16 ET
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And one more from the Bleacher Report.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2376756-mls-players-reportedly-threaten-boycott-ahead-of-2015-season
from Shaolin Mystigods
on Thu 2/26 13:55 ET
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I like the sound of "a workable compromise could be
restricted free agency after an initial contract of,
say, three years, and could be followed by
unrestricted free agency for long-tenured players
going into a third contract."
When did compromise become a dirty word anyway?
from Stormin Union
on Fri 2/27 20:16 ET
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They need to make a compromise soon since the season
starts one week from today. I already have my Union/Sons of
Ben gear ready to go for the PHL-COL game at PPL Park
(scarf, bandana, Le Toux jersey, etc.) so they better get this
sorted out by next week. It might be frigid conditions for the
game but that doesn't matter when you're a fan. M'bohli, Le
Toux and White are starting for my mfls squad next week,
predicting a 2-0 Union win in our home opener.
from Hounds FC
on Fri 2/27 23:27 ET
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And now it is the commissioner's turn.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mls-commissioner-garber-hopeful-season-start-time-221148595--mls.html
from Weirder Bremen
on Sat 2/28 19:43 ET
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Ives said in one of his podcasts that a likely
scenario would be for an agreement arrived at too
late for the Fri game but in time for the Sat.
games.
from Hounds FC
on Tue 3/3 6:44 ET
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Chicago Tribune - March 1st

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/chi-mls-strike-federal-mediator-20150302-story.html
from Shaolin Mystigods
on Tue 3/3 11:31 ET
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Goff, March 2:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-insider/wp/2015/03/02/mls-labor-talks-enter-late-stage
from Shaolin Mystigods
on Tue 3/3 22:13 ET
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This is the first positive rumor I have seen:
http://www.sounderatheart.com/2015/3/3/8145663/signi
ficant-movement-in-cba-negotiations
from Weirder Bremen
on Tue 3/3 23:17 ET
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There was a good segment on "It's Only a Game" last
week where they basically laughed at the MLS minimum
salary. It's become an embarrassment for the league,
particularly when the 1% get paid millions.
from Hanscom United
on Tue 3/3 23:36 ET
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The league minimum is what gets me every time. I'm not up to
speed in the real impacts if free agency but there's no way
anyone can deny that the league minimum salary shouldn't be
raised significantly!

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