MLS extends deadline for CBA talks... again

As I'm sure many of you have already heard, Major League Soccer and the Players' Union have agreed to extend the deadline to agree to a new CBA from today to February 25th.  The new deadline was agreed to after blizzards blanketed the D.C. area -- preventing all the necessary parties from being able to attend negotiations. 

In other CBA news, the 24th minute blog is reporting that the issues of a salary cap increase and guaranteed contracts -- two of the three major sticking points in negotiations -- have already been resolved.   The report states that the cap will be raised from $2.3 million per year to $2.6 million while veteran players -- who have reached a certain benchmark -- will be protected.  The sides still have to work out the issue of free agency. 

Obviously this is all very good news.  It's looking more and more like there will be no work stoppage and that the 2010 season will go off without a hitch.  I'll be back later on today with a piece on Fire rookie defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe and a Match of the Week post.  Check back or you'll be sorry...



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  • If there was only one issue remaining why extend it another 2 weeks?

  • I negotiated an agreement last year, and it took two months after agreeing in principal to get everything "just right" in the contract. There are tons of details to push, and it takes some time... plus the attorneys get to keep billing you as they pass revision after revision back and forth between the two sides. That's my guess.

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