Category: CBA

CBA details released

I didn’t post this yesterday in light of all of the hulabaloo about the Fire’s goalkeeping situation, but I thought it was worth passing along regardless.  MLS announced the details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Tuesday.  Some of the more important details include the following provisions:  – All players over the age of... Read more »

A couple of notes...

The Washington Post’s Steve Goff is reporting that the new CBA has upped the salary cap from $2.3 million to $2.5 million.  Clearly that’s a positive change.  At worst, it will allow a few players on each team a little bump in salary.  At best, it will allow teams to up the salaries of certain... Read more »

CBA Agreed to; Strike Averted

After months of tenuous negotiations and substantial fears that the season would not start on time, the MLS Players’ Union and the League agreed to a new 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that will ensure the 2010 season starts on time.  “We are very excited that a deal on the CBA has been reached,” said Fire... Read more »

CBA Update

Fire midfielders Logan Pause and John Thorrington did not train with the team Monday or Tuesday. Instead, the pair of central midfielders — who also happen to be the Fire’s Union Representatives — were in Washington D.C., sitting in on collective bargaining agreement negotiations between MLS and the Players’ Union. “We haven’t heard from [Pause... Read more »

Players Union: "If we need to strike, we will"

The MLS Players’ Union voted in resounding favor of a strike if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached before the start of the season — which is only two weeks away.  According to the Washington Post, 350 players voted in favor of a strike — with only two opposing a potential work stoppage.  This... Read more »

Afternoon notes

I went to U of I this past weekend and learned a couple of things about myself.  1) I am a klutz.  2) I have an astounding propensity to accidentally injure myself.  3) I am a huge klutz.  Now, let’s learn a couple of things about MLS – none of which have anything to do... Read more »

CBA Update: Union will let current CBA expire, Won't strike

MLS and the Players’ Union failed to agree upon a new CBA before last night’s deadline, but for now, there will be no work stoppage.  Here is the Union’s statement: The Major League Soccer Players Union (the “Union”)today announced that the collective bargaining agreement between the Union and Major League Soccer (“MLS”) will not be... Read more »

Do you believe in miracles?

Last night, some friends and I watched the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team take on Canada in the round-robin portion of the Olympic tournament. The young American team pulled off the big upset, beating Canada 5-3 to clinch the first overall seed for the knockout phase of the tourney. The game itself was electrifying. It... Read more »

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... Read more »

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The league and players union have only two more days until the deadline to agree to a new CBA comes and goes. The expiring CBA, which has been the only one used throughout league history, doesn’t have any provisions for player free agency or guaranteed contracts — both points that the players union want included... Read more »